Kevin Reynolds (July 23rd, 1990, North Vancouver, British Columbia), Canadian Olympic silver medalist of 2014 and Four Continents 2013 winner, has just spent a couple of days at Risport Skates – Rossignol Lange headquarters and plant in Montebelluna, Italy, to set up his skating boots for the next season. Here at Risport, proudly welcoming our champion, we want to let you skating fans from the whole world know a little bit more about this record figure skater, who has been the first man to land two quadruple jumps in SP (2010) and a quad-triple-triple combination (2008).
How long have you been a Risport athlete, Kevin?
I am using Risport boots since 2011, and I feel very confident with that; I believe it will be even getting better in the future, because we all work together to reach the perfect point of boot customization and so the best fit.
You’re a very young guy, but with a significant experience as a professional figure skater. Can you tell us about the proudest moments of your skating career?
A skater’s life is always ups and downs, and the moments in which something doesn’t work make you appreciate successes and highs in your career as an athlete.
The peak of my career until now could’t be other than 2012-2013 season, with my victory at the Four Continents and also the London, ON, Worlds 2013.
Last season didn’t go as I expected, but it can’t be considered a total failure, as I lived such a wonderful Olympic experience, gaining the Team Event Silver medal.
After being a reserve of the National Team for my hometown 2010 Games – so suffering – I am now part of this from the inside, and I love this way of building a successful group of athletes: in Skate Canada National Team we know each other very well, even having the chance of training together when needed; when it’s time to go on the ice I feel a great support from the other team members. In general and not only concerning figure skating, Canadian Olympic Team is a very unite squad. Feeling happy and comfortable in these situations becomes automatic. I’m very proud of this.
Who were – and are – your models as an athlete?
I’ve had the chance to share the rink with very good training mates in Burnaby, BC, especially with one of my role models in skating, who is Emanuel Sandhu. Other athletes I particularly admire are Evgeni Plushenko for his jumping skills, and skaters as Daisuke Takahashi and Stephane Lambiel for their ability to connect with the spectators.
You told us about Burnaby rink, where you train with Joanne McLeod. It is in the Metro Vancouver where you were born. Do you think that training everyday close to your hometown gives you an advantage?
In Burnaby I feel obviously comfortable and at home, so when I’m at the rink I can concentrate on my training as much as I can; but in the end I think it’s not a main reason for making the difference in training, because everyone concentrates himself in different ways.
Figure skaters, fans and supporters may sometimes be torn up between two ways of “reading” our wonderful sport: a more technical lecture against a purely interpretative performing. How do you, as a renowned premium jumper, feel about that?
I’ve grown up as a technical skater, and while developing my skills my main focus have always been jumps. Maturating as an athlete, I feel that the best way to skate is a balance between technical and emotional aspects, and now I try my best to engage the audience.
You are very popular all over the world, especially among young skaters. On social media the care for you is rising and fanclubs and single fans show all their support. You have lots of fans in countries like Russia or Japan, which have themselves an old-tradition school of figure skaters. Do you know why?
I was aware of that, but I can’t really explain. Maybe it’s because they love figure skating so much! The connection between a skater and the live audience is a mutual matter. At professional levels it’s hard to find places in which this link isn’t strong, but some countries, with their love for this sport, can affect performances in a better way. Anyway, I’m glad to know that skating people support me, it does not matter where they come from.
Keeping the passion alive, after the end of the seasonal competitions it’s now time for exhibition shows and galas. You are starting to take part in these, aren’t you?
I had not such big experiences of exhibitions, but now I am approaching them, as I did some days ago in Québec. It’s a different, very amusing way of skating: without the pressure of the competitions it’s easier to feel free, that seems normal. It’s not a trophy or a competitive performance, but I like it a lot too.
What are your plans for next season and beyond?
I am already thinking about skating programs, but at the moment, being in the postseason, it’s more a matter of physical maintenance.
Training for the Olympic Games is a fantastic path, but now the next Games are quite far: it’s something an athlete should plan year by year.
2014-2015, as a post-Olympic season, will be a particular one. Maybe some rules will change, and in these days we hear that expert skaters such as Brian Joubert or the Tsar intend to retire; the goals that I want to achieve are less depending on the pure results but more on my evolution as a skater: I want to entertain skating fans as much as I can, and have fun myself. This, obviously, while keeping on striving for the highest levels.
We at Risport Skates are happy to collaborate with world level skaters such as Kevin Reynolds. Our brand will always be proud to support the performances of every athlete, from recreative to professional figure skaters.