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Frequently Asked Questions

October 2010

Adam, first of all I want to wish you to stay healthy during upcoming season. Do you have a favorite quote? Thank you! My favorite quote? I'm not sure if I have a "favorite" but there are many I like. The first one that pops into my head is "live each day to its fullest". I love it because it can be applied to so many things and to everyone.

What do you use as inspirations for your costumes for the season? Well, before I went to New York to work with Stephanie Handler on my costumes, I tried to study up on the music I was skating to. I went through a lot of pictures of different designers' work with a friend to have an idea of what I wanted/liked. I was really lucky that the ideas I had were very similar to what Stephanie had in mind. It worked out great!

What movie did you cry when you see? What are your favorite movies? Have you seen Japanese movies? My favorite movies are comedies. What can I say? I'm a fun loving guy! I love Superstar, Romy and Michelle's high school reunion, Zoolander... This list could go on and on!

Who is your favorite figure skater other than yourself? Favorite skater? So hard to answer, but I'll try... John Curry, Katarina Witt, Janet Lynn, Brian Orser, Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan. They each brought something really unique and really performed. That's my favorite kind of skating. I could watch them for hours.

What kind of figure skater would you like to become? I would like to become the kind of skater that younger skaters look up to. I want to be the kind of skater that makes the audience think and feel something when I skate.

Which one of your programs do you like most? Wow! I don't know if I can choose! I love both of my programs so much. When I think of saying I like one more than the other I start to think of all the other things I love about the program I didn't choose. So to answer the question (sort of); I love them both equally! ;)

If you were not a figure skater, what would you do? I have no idea what I would be doing. I can't imagine my life without skating. It's my passion and what is life without passion?!?!

What were the best dream and the worst nightmare you've ever had? Best dream? I'm not sure. The good dreams aren't as vivid as the bad ones. The worst dream is probably when I dream of going to a competition and fall on everything. I also hate that dream everyone gets that you're falling and you wake up right before you hit the ground!

What do you do to completely relax? I usually put some good music on and light a candle to really chill out. FYI, real men light candles.

Coming from an aspiring male figure skater I am wondering how it was for you to ice skate when you were growing up? Did you have a group of supportive friends? Having a group of supportive friends is really important. When I was in school I was really proud to be a skater and of what I was doing. As far as teasing, I never took any of it personally. It never is personal, it's just said to make other people laugh and I think because I have a good sense of humor, it never bothered me. If you enjoy what you do, don't let anyone bring you down!

If you could be any superhero, which would you be and why? I would be Superman because he can fly.

Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet" and "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2" are enduringly popular. The music pieces are one of the most played piece by famous pianists. Whose performance is your pick? I had a big say in my music this year but David Wilson knows so much about picking the perfect arrangement. My short program is performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and my long by the London Symphony Orchestra.

You skated in several shows with Alexei Yagudin, Evgeni Plushenko, Daisuke Takahashi, Evan Lysacek, Stephane Lambiel and Jeffrey Buttle. What impression did you get from the excellent men single skaters? How does that experience affect you? Skating in the shows with all of those World and Olympic champions was a great experience. I wanted to learn from them so I made sure to watch how they prepared for their programs and how they skated. It was a lot to take in but what a way to learn!

Adam you make some beautiful catch foot spins so I was wondering if you able to do a Biellmann spin? Have you ever practiced it? When I was younger I did practice Biellmann spins. I thought I had a pretty good one until I saw it on video for the first time. Man, was that thing ugly! To make a long story short, I don't practice them any more :P!

What is your No. 1 goal for the season? My number one goal for this season is show maturity, consistent, clean, and passionate skating every time I go out to compete or skate in a show!

How many siblings do you have? And how often do you see your brothers and sisters? I have three brothers and two sisters. I don't get to see them often enough. I really miss them while I'm away. I do have the chance to see them about four or five times a year which is always a lot of fun.

Are you the only skater in the family? I am the only skater in my family. My grandmother was a self taught hockey player in the winter. That's as far back as my family's skating dynasty goes. ;)

What is your favorite part about training in Canada? My favorite part about living in Canada? I love having my own apartment, the great group of coaches I work with, close friends. I feel really comfortable with where I am living. I love the city of Toronto and I love to be able to train here. I feel really lucky all the time.

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