Olympic debut for Indo-Canadian
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Olympic debut for Indo-Canadian

Figure skater Emanuel Sadhu was chosen to represent Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 12:38 IST

Indo-Canadian figure skater Emanuel Sandhu, chosen to represent his country at the Winter Olympics in Italy, is hoping to cut a fine figure.

Sandhu, 25, will make his Olympic debut at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games that get under way in Turin from Feb 10. He is one of the three figure skaters from Canada.

Sandhu's ballet training as well as his half-Indian and half-Italian heritage has given him a unique style and look. He secured his berth for the Olympics winning the silver in senior men's category at the Canadian Championships.

More than 250 skaters in men's, women's, pairs and ice dance disciplines competed at the senior and junior levels for berths on the 2006 world team in their respective categories.

Sandhu, who has won the Canadian national championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004, failed to reclaim the Canadian title at the finals when Jeff Buttle outscored him by a 12-point margin in the free skating.

Sandhu, a Toronto native who currently lives in Richmond Hill, was unsatisfied with the way the men's free skating final was judged. Buttle scored a personal best 266.90 points including 151.38 for his free skating. Sandhu scored 247.08 including 139.15 in the free skating.

"I was disappointed. I will look at the [scoring] sheets to see why there was such a difference," Sandhu said, according to a Skate Canada release.

Sandhu made a big splash as a teenager at his first senior nationals in 1998. He was placed second, but because he hadn't met the Olympic standard, he was not sent to Nagano that year.

However, the rules have been changed since. What is now called Sandhu Rule allows a skater to go to world championships if he or she gets a certain place at the nationals.

Sandhu has also won the senior Grand Prix gold medals at Skate Canada and Cup of China last year.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 11:04 IST