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QUICK STUFF WITH JENNIFER ROBINSON
 
Born: Dec.2,1976 Goderich,Ontario
Resides: Barrie
 
**FROM THE TORONTO STAR TUESDAY MARCH 25,2003 BY RANDY STARKMAN**
 
Q: THE TONYA HARDIN-NANCY KERRIGAN SCANDAL. THE BEST OR WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO FIGURE SKATING?
 
I think it was the best thing.  A lot of people tuned in that never would have watched figure skating in their entire lives.  It was a bit of an obvious trashy tabloid kind of thing.  But so many guys watched figure skating for the very first time.  It happened out of an unfortunate inncident, but I think it was a really good thing for our sport.
 
Q:WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE TAKE ON TANYA HARDING IN CELEBRITY BOXING?
 
(laughs) Uh, lets see. Hilary Clinton. She's one tough broad. I think she'd take her on easy. Easy.
 
Q:DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE SLUGGING A JUDGE?
 
(Big laugh)  Occasionally.Yup. I always remember my first national championships and this judge gave me a really low mark.  I know him really well now. Every time I see him, I always tell him, "That mark was not justified." It's great that now I can tell him that.
 
Q: ELVIS STOJKO OR TOLLER CRANSTON?
 
Elvis Stojko. Passion, strength, and the ability to know what he wants, this is him, that's how its going to be. That's awesome. Pure honesty.
 
Q:RED WINGS OR LEAFS?
 
Whoa. I can't believe (your asking me) on tape and everything. Started out Red Wings and turned into Leafs. Now , I'm Leafs all the way. Totally. Even though Cujo left. I was upset about that.
 
Q: IF YOU COULD SKATE TO ANY MUSIC- WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT CHOREOGRAPHY- WHAT WOULD IT BE?
 
Hmmm. There's a great song and it's jazz and it's all Ella Fitzgerald just scatting. That's it. That's what I'd skate to. It'd be tiring.
 
Q: YOUR WEBSITE LISTS YOUR MOTTO AS: NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL INFERIOR WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT?
 
I think I choose that motto because as I was growing up- I've never really told a lot of people this- the first time I was to Mariposa (School of Skating) I used to get a group lesson because (coach) Doug (Leigh) is very busy in the summer.  I used to get my lesson with these two blonde girls, Chernette and Megan. Blondes intimidated me as a little kid, I'm not sure why. And I just realized "Why do I feel that way? They're really affecting me because they have BLONDE hair." That quote kind of stayed with me throughout my life. You have to have a lot of self-confidence and you should be able to look past that and move on. It's all in your head.
 
SKIPPED A FEW QUESTIONS
 
Q: WHATS THE STRANGEST THING SOMEONE'S THROWN ON THE ICE?
 
The guys always get the stranger things than the girls. Some of the guys get bras. Really, really big bras.
 
Q: IF YOU WERE TO SKATE PAIRS, WHO WOULD YOU PICK AS YOUR PARTNER?
 
If it's from any time, I would pick (the late Sergei) Grinkov. He would have been amazing. He had the perfect partner (Ekaterina Gordeeva) but that's who I would have picked.
 
QUESTIONS SKIPPED
 
Q:DO YOU HAVE HOBBIES?
 
I love cooking. I love eating what I cook. I love sitting with a glass of wine and reading and hanging out with good friends.  I think I make the best spaghetti sauce in the world. It gets rave reviews.
 
TAKEN FROM THE TORONTO STAR
 
 

FIGURE SKATING LINGO
 
Figure Skater Commentators have you all confused? Don't you fear figure skating l-i-n-g-o is here!!
 
Caught a Toe-Pick: When a skater hits their toe-pick and stumbles.
 
Caught an Edge: A skater falters or falls because his blade catchs a rut.
 
Popped it: When a skater completes a single jump instead of the planned double or triple or even quadrouple jump.
 
Biellmann Spin: When a skater arches her back and  reaches over her shoulder for her skate blade while spinning on one leg.
 
Kiss and Cry Area: Where the skaters recieve their marks after they skate.
 
Axel: A jump that begins with the skater moving backwards and rotating once in the air before landing backwards.
 
Combinations: Two or more jumps in a row with no steps in between.

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