you ask Kevin how he started skating, he jokingly answers: I just put
my skates on my feet and went to the ice. We think everyone kind of gets
that part, but why a 10 year old Belgian boy wants to start figure skating,
in a country where it is not popular at all? “I watched Disney on
ice” he shrugs to the question, “on TV”. What was it
he liked about that? Well everything!! The clothes, the movements, the
music, the skating, it was all magical to him. And skating isn’t
the only passion he derived from the show, he’s also still very
much a Disney fan.
Before putting his skates on, he first had to nag his parents for
a while, in waves of intensity “because that’s how I am”.
He started skating for fun, until old Belgian Champion Hans Beelaerd recognized
his talent and his training got a bit more serious. Up until he was 16/17
years old he only trained twice a week though. In school he was a good
boy, because all he wanted to do was to get to the ice, although one classmate
did learn it was not a brilliant idea to tease him that figure skating
was a girls sport. Although Kevin wanted to solve it non-violently, we
don’t think that boy appreciated the water in the toilet very much…
His first competition was the “Beker van Brabant”. He
doesn’t exactly like competing, but he does like to reach good results.
Afterwards he looks back at the competitions and feels he enjoyed them
after all. Why does he continue then you may ask? Because he’s good
at it we say, the bronze medal at Europeans 2007 speaks for itself. And
of course it’s what he loves. Just have a talk with the man and
you can see the sparkles in his eyes when he talks about skating and everything
that’s involved, especially the participation in putting a complete
ice show together from scratch (Ice Fantillusion) his goal for the future
after the next Olympics. Or maybe it was because he didn’t enjoy
working at a café at the sea, in a bank or as fruit vender?
Facts and Figures
||Kevin Van Der Perren
|Date of birth
||August 6, 1982
|Place of birth
||Willy & Jeannine
||Brother Gunther, Sister Veerle
|| Silvie de Rijcke
||SP 2011/2012 : Lorna
FP 2011/2012 : Lorna
|Off ice Coaches
||Vickey en Johny Graves
||42 (European size)
||Movies and Music
||Everything of Disney
||3 goldfish & 2 dogs: Quad; the black Labrador
and Luna, the golden retriever
Likes and Dislikes
|Favourite skating element
|Least favourite skating element
|Favourite off-ice part of training
|Least favourite part of training
|Favourite time of day
||10 o’clock at night
|Least favourite time
||8 o’clock in the morning
|Favourite household chore
|| Does that exist?
|Game on mobile phone
|Game on pc
|Favourite TV show
||Black & Red
||8 because it’s infinite
||Cola Light / zero or something light
|Sport to watch
|Sport to do
||Jenna McCorkell …. [Of course]
Waffles or Pancakes?
Hot or Cold weather?
Eyes that shoot laser beams or X-ray vision?
Coke or Pepsi?
Lead in a small competition or Last in a big one?
are three things that you absolutely cannot leave the house without?
I always forget something, I always leave without something. Or do you
mean my cigarettes, my lighter, my injection needle with hormones, my
bloodtestkit, my spare urine sample… Oh that are more than 3 things
If we looked in your refrigerator,
what would we see?
A lot of things passed the due-date…laughs… seriously: mostly
yoghurt and drinks, we shop daily for the fresh products.
Do you sing in the shower, and if
so, with what song does your soap usually get serenaded?
Nope, I am in and out of the shower in 5 minutes
money was no object, what would you buy?
[Without even giving it a second of thought he jumps up] An icerink with
seats, without windows, with lights. Super tech…hightech icerink
of the future!!
What kind of cook are you? What is
your best dish?
A quick one. Spaghetti and eggs.
In what movie would you like to play
In an action movie with lots of stunts, like jumping of bridges.
Next to whom would you not want to
A guy. Laughs
What is the stupidest or silliest
thing you ever bought?
My laptop because it is always broke.
What would you spend your last dime
What should still be invented?
Transporting machines like in science fiction something that replaces
a plane. [this answer got followed by one flowing stream of words:]
Never going to an airport anymore, never check-in, never boarding, never
finding a seat, never taxiing, never eating bad plane food, never waiting
for it to land, never getting out, never stand in line for luggage, never
missing luggage, never checking out, never leaving the airport…….
[we don’t think we even caught all]
What should be illegal?
Flying….. [well obviously]
What can people wake you up for?
For a lot as long as it’s pleasant. [probably not flying then?]
What could be your last words?
Heaven or hell, here I come!
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