Fan Questions Summer 2003

Interview with Lisa Prenty

Q: What brands of skates do you wear (and blade)?

A: I wear a Jackson skate. I have worn them for a bout 2/3 years now. I got them right before NHK the year I came in second. So that's gotta be a sign, so I stuck with the Jackson. I'm wearing Pattern 99's (Blades) I think I have been wearing pattern 99's since I was like 11 or something like that

Q: what is your favorite skating move?

A: That's tough….probably something sort of simple something you can really enjoy something like a spread eagle, back spread eagle

Q: (Smirnoff) What inspires or influences his skating?

A: I think my biggest thing is if I were to go out and do a program without jumps, would it be as inspiring as if I went out and did a program with the jumps I think that's really the basis of my skating. I think that will probably show this year with the new system hopefully, the importance of that.

Q: Why does Jeff love it (skating) so much?

A: I think it goes back to the program without the jumps just to step on the ice… edges, gliding, anything where I have my skates on and I am on the ice I enjoy it. Its not that I have to land the jumps to enjoy what I am doing. I think that's really important.

Q: What effect has skating had on his family and his non skating friends-how they react to his skating fame etc.

A: My family no different, they have always been equally supportive when I wasn't competing well and when I am competing well their indifferent Which is awesome. My non skating friends probably keep me sane because I'll have a bad day at skating and with skating friends that's what we'll talk about you can't help it, skating will come up. With non skating friends it's like who cares, its just that little sport that you do it's no big deal. I'll say "oh I had such a bad day on the ice" and they'll say Oh that sucks but did you get the assignment done or did you do this or that….its sort of puts things into perspective

Q: A little bit of non skating reality

A: exactly, its nice to have.

Q:What was your favorite memory of this past season? (-Magda) Favorite memory of the 2001-2002 comp. season: without a doubt, would be my short program at the world championships. I really loved the feeling of simplicity that David Wilson created with the program, and to skate it cleanly at that particular time felt almost ethereal. Q:I'd like to know to what Jeff attributes his newfound consistency--is it a result of more confidence, better training, work with a sports psychologist or something else? Inconsistency seems to be the hardest problem for skaters to overcome and it would be interesting to hear about one of the skaters who managed to succeed. (Erin)

A: Well, it's really difficult to attribute consistency to one thing in particular. I felt very confident and at ease with the programs that I chose, this is crucial, but I also worked very hard with a sports psychologist, and my coaches to determine when it is I skate my best and what to do to achieve that sensation when it counts.

Q:Is Jeff's (very evident!) positive attitude on the ice something that has come naturally to him, or is it a mental state he's had to work towards attaining? (Lara :-) )

A: I am what you would call a perfectionist, so I would hardly consider myself an all-out optimist, but I work hard at trying to remember that although perfection is unattainable, it is easier to approach perfection with a positive mind. I'm still really working hard at achieving this state of mind on a regular basis, but it is certainly one of my greatest struggles as an athlete.

Q:I'd love to know how Jeff feels about representing Northern Ontario on the world scene. It isn't everyday a skater from Sudbury makes this big a splash on the skating scene in Canada and World, Thanks!! (Denise :o) )

A: Well, I go to all of these international competitions and represent Canada, but I always seem to feel most comfortable at Nationals when it says Northern Ontario under my name and I have the opportunity to be with and support all of the skaters on our provincial team. We may not be the most populated team, but we are ALWAYS growing in strength!

Q:How do you go about picking out your music, and if you do have your music picked out for the new season...how did you choose it. (Thanks, Colleen)

A: I wish that I could throw in any old cd and fall in love with the first piece of music I hear. Sadly, finding music can sometimes be the most lengthy process, but entirely worth it. If the music you pick does not provoke any sort of emotion when you listen to it, then it doesn't matter how good the choreography is, there will always lack a certain passion. Luckily, I spend a lot of time and have numerous people who help me, such as Lenore Kay (an expert and genius with music), David Wilson (my choreographer), and Lee Barkell (my coach).

Q:I'd like to know how Jeff manages balancing a difficult University course such as Chemical Engineering with his level of competition? (Thanks, Hazel)

A: The University of Toronto, and its professors have been very understanding with the need to further my education while making it possible for me to skate competitively. They have allowed me to take a part-time study program which lightens the course load over an extended period of time so that I have enough time for training both on and off the ice. I generally commute 4 days a week to the St. George campus in downtown Toronto. If I have classes in the morning in Toronto, then I will skate in the afternoon in Barrie, and vice versa for classes in the afternoon. On days where I have classes both in the morning and afternoon, the CIA (formally the ARC skating academy), and the Granite Club have been so kind as to let me skate on their ice. So it gets really busy, and I detest the commuting, but I would find it much harder to postpone post-secondary education until I retire from skating then try to remember everything I had learned in high school.

Q:1. Now that Jeff's had a really good season, is he going to put school on hold to train at full tilt? (from Adah)

A: As of now, I have decided to continue with school at the same pace as last year. This generally means about app. 10-12 hours a week of Lectures, labs, tutorials, etc... However in the future, if I choose to do so and the University allows it, I may take a short hiatus in order to concentrate more of my energy on skating.

Q:Did he learn anything new from his experience at the Worlds? If yes, What did he learn and how is he going to apply it to what he'll be doing in the future? (from Adah)

A: I learned that there are a lot of men with quads out there, and that I want to (and will be) one of them! haha... I learned quite a lot at the world championships actually. Not only did I learn the importance of a quad, but I also learned the asset of having good presentation and unique choreography.

Q:Does skating at the Worlds feel any different from any other competitions? (from Adah)

A: Well, I think I'm very fortunate that I represent and compete in Canada, because to go to an event such as the world championships has a similar feel to our National championships. Albeit the competitors are more fierce than at nationals, there is still the same amount of energy in the building and on the ice. As Canadians, we are very much prepared for competitions that are well organized, and has a great amount of spectators when we travel abroad to the world championships.