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Under Review Gator's Tale--Martina's Next Move

Sept. 08, 2003
Sept. 08, 2003

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Under Review Gator's Tale--Martina's Next Move

Before Tony Hawk soared to X Games and PlayStation fame, Mark
(Gator) Rogowski was the face of skateboarding. A charismatic
figure with a healthy ego (his business card read SKATEBOARDER
EXTRAORDINAIRE), Rogowski was among the sport's top innovators
and endorsers in the late 1980s as skateboarding culture started
to explode. But where Hawk soared off the vert to become a
merchandising phenomenon, the hard-partying Rogowski crashed.
He's serving 31 years in prison for the 1991 rape and murder of
his ex-girlfriend's best friend. Rogowski's tale--and the story
of skateboarding in the '80s--is the subject of Helen Stickler's
mesmerizing new documentary, Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator,
which will be in 13 U.S. cities this week. The first-time
filmmaker spent six years researching the project and interviewed
more than 100 people who were part of Rogowski's life. She
neither exonerates nor reconvicts Rogowski, now 36, who appears
in the film only over a crackling phone line. "I feel like I
showed all the extremes of his personality, all the good and bad
that he did," says Stickler. "I leave it to the viewers to make
their judgments."

This is an article from the Sept. 8, 2003 issue Original Layout

Recently retired Pete Sampras has no desire to follow John
McEnroe and Jim Courier into broadcasting, but reigning Wimbledon
mixed doubles champ Martina Navratilova, 47, is eyeing a return
to the booth when she steps away from the game. Navratilova--who
as of Monday had reached the third round in doubles at the U.S.
Open--has previously provided sharp commentary for HBO and TNT.
"Absolutely, I want to do TV," says Navratilova, who may
re-retire after this year. "It's so much easier to talk about it
than do it." --Richard Deitsch