One on one with Paul Martini

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YOU?

I'm good. I'm just relaxing before I have to go to work on CBC at the worlds.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT AT ANY EVENTS. WHATCHA DOIN'?

At the hockey rink. With either my son or my daughter. She plays triple-A with the boys.

WHAT'S YOUR MOST TREASURED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

The two rings on my hands. One would be my wedding ring and the other would be a world championship ring with another woman.

OK, FIGURE SKATING PAIRS ARE OFTEN COUPLES OFF THE ICE, TOO. WHY DIDN'T YOU AND BARB UNDERHILL EVER HOOK UP?

Off ice, we lived in two separate worlds in which there wasn't any real common ground. Our common ground was the rink.

BUT SHE'S HOT, RIGHT?

Definitely.

IF I'M BUYING, WHAT ARE YOU HAVING?

Rye and ginger.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU PUNCHED AND WHY?

Steven Armour. Grade 8. On the playground. God knows why. Because that's what you do on the playground at recess!

WHAT'S YOUR MOST UNPLEASANT CHARACTERISTIC?

I see things in black and white. I don't do grey very well at all.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE EVER BOUGHT?

I bought my own regulator so I could go scuba diving but I don't live near any water. But I love to scuba dive.

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

Bite your tongue and count to 10.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?

My parents' 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo.

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

I can rotate the tires, top up the washer fluid and wash it.

IF YOU COULD BE ANY ATHLETE, WHO WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

Jean Beliveau. He exemplifies what we should all try to achieve after an outstanding athletic career.

WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Anything on the barbecue.

WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT ON DVD?

CSI but it would be for my daughter.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE UNHEALTHY FOOD?

Pick a poison. Cookies.

WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO HOLIDAY YOU'VE BEEN?

I haven't been on one forever. I would love to see the Caribbean.

WHAT'S THE BEST CONCERT YOU'VE SEEN?

Yeah, I've gone to a whole lot of those. Not! This is going to date me badly but I'll say Joe Cocker.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

1984. I got married and won a world championship -- with another woman.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU CRY?

The English Patient.

EVER ORDER WRESTLING ON PAY-PER-VIEW?

No. Never. Over my dead body.

WHAT'S THE STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL YOU'VE RECEIVED?

One person gave me the feeling they knew more about me than I do. That's what skating fans are like. They're real fanatics.

HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS?

I have. I have learned not to make even the slightest error in a story.

No. Don't. There was a man --no word of a lie -- we did an opening last week to set the field, it was 10 seconds on every skater. Before the pairs program with the Russians, I said something to the effect that stamina has always been a question for this team and today it's four-and-a-half minutes at a mile high. Now I know we're not at 'mile high' here but it was just a reference that we were at altitude (in Calgary). This guy comes down to our booth (yesterday) and said, 'Could you please tell Paul we're not at a mile high?' I could have said a kilometre high and been closer to the truth, I suppose.

WHAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING YOU'VE SEEN DURING A COMPETITION?

At the Moscow worlds when the guy jumped over the boards in a tutu right before Michelle Kwan skated.

THAT WAS JOANNIE ROCHETTE'S ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION LAST WEEKEND.

Well, it was the funniest thing I've ever seen.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FIGURE SKATERS?

The Lithuanian dance team and the Canadians, Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon. Because they get it.

WHAT'S THE UGLIEST PIECE OF CLOTHING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

I haven't worn it for years but I still have it in my closet -- a bottle green, ultra suede jacket. I have it because it has a gold crest from the Granite Club on it.

IF YOU COULD TIME TRAVEL TO ANY SPORTING EVENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

The 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series.

CAN YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE? IF SO, WHAT SONG?

No, no and no.


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