Todd James Eldredge was born August 28, 1971 in the small town of Cape Cod in Chatham, Massachusetts. His father, John, is a commercial fisherman and his mother, Ruth, a licensed practical nurse. Todd also has an older brother, Scott.
When he was five, Todd received hockey skates for Christmas. Within two weeks, he asked for figure skates instead because he “wanted to jump and spin”. Although the Eldredges initially questioned Todd’s interest, it soon became apparent that he loved to skate. There were many times when they woke up early with Todd standing by their bed wanting to go to the rink.
Leaving Home & Traveling to Train
At the age of 10, after working with coach Richard Callaghan at a summer skating clinic, Todd left home and moved to Philadelphia (living with a family friend), to train full-time with Richard, who has been his coach ever since.
Ruth left home to join Todd as he followed his coach from Philadelphia to Colorado Springs, then on to San Diego, while John and Scott remained in Chatham. In 1992, Todd followed Richard to train at the Detroit Skating Club in the Detroit suburbs where he lived and trained for 17 years.
Help From the Community of Chatham
Financing Todd’s training was a financial hardship and his family nearly had to end his skating lessons and bring him home. At this critical juncture (in 1983), the community of Chatham banded together and raised funds to help Todd pursue his skating career.