Elvis entered the 1998 Winter Olympic games in Nagano, Japan as the heavy favourite, and was expected to become the first Canadian man to win an Olympic gold medal. Unknown to most of the world, Elvis had suffered a groin injury, and was also recovering from the flu which struck many other athletes during the Games. This left Elvis unable to take painkillers due to the possibility of failing his drug test. The first sign that something wasn't right was the downgrade of his quad-triple combination in the free skate. (It was scored as a triple-triple due to a minor glitch). The media, and most of the world, became aware of his injury only when Elvis doubled over in pain after his long program. His courageous and difficult performance did, however, earn him the silver medal, although he found it too painful to skate during the medal presentation ceremony, and limped onto the podium wearing sneakers. He chose not to attend the World Championships that year because he did not want to make his groin injury worse. After the Olympics, though, he gave an interview about the performance and wept when people referred to him as "gutsy" and "full of courage".