Patrick Chan Olympic News (Part 4), Golden February 2018

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Last updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

It is hard to believe that Patrick’s last skating competition is over and he is now a “retired” skater. But it is wonderful to see him wearing and talking about his new Olympic gold medal. Since Friday tremendous love and respect from fans across Canada and the world have been pouring in via comments on social media – just incredible!

This is Part 4 of my blog posts detailing Patrick’s third and final Olympic journey. Read Part 1 here, and about his team event victory in Part 2 here, and his last Olympic competition in Part 3 here. Keep checking back for more updates as they come!

 

February 18-19: Post Competition Fun

Now that his Olympic competition experience has concluded, Patrick can hopefully finally relax and enjoy the rest of his time in Pyeongchang! [Note: I will try to transcribe these interviews when I can.]

The Care of Olympic Gold Medals

Don’t misplace that sock!

Hey, it’s Patrick here. Number one Olympic tip when you have a medal… leave it in your trusty Air Canada sock. (laughs)

And here it is! (shows gold medal) Ta da!

 

Patrick’s Advice to Young Skaters

Interview with Scott Russell

Some highlights from the interview, along with my comments:

Patrick: Starting in 2010 and then now being 8 years later in Korea and having a team gold medal, I’ve just grown so much and I’ve learned so much and… Even though with two silver medals in Sochi, I’d never thought I’d keep growing and be a better athlete, a better person, and I feel like I’ve been able to accomplish that here.

Patrick: [In 2008] Every skate I was fighting for it, and I never thought I would be able to beat Jeffrey Buttle. I just kept learning, kept trying to push myself every year… even to the last skate yesterday, I still am experiencing becoming a better person and a better athlete mentally.

Scott: Along the way, were you able to find a joy in the whole process? {A very important question! Joy was something that I observed was missing from Patrick’s performances in general throughout the last three seasons. Here, Patrick politely sidestepped the question by talking instead about how he learned to love the process. It’s not quite the same as deriving joy from it.}

Patrick: Because I had a lot of talent as a young skater, I let that push me through the days of training and there wasn’t as much structure needed. But this last drive to these 2018 games I have learned to love the training and love the process and I love the method to the madness and the strategy and all of that made the training and the road here so much more enjoyable so that when I got on the ice to do my program I felt I had left nothing on the table, truly, and I gave it my all.

“I can live my life with a huge smile on my face and look forward to the next challenges.”

Scott: Were you able to chase it (fear) away, Patrick?

Patrick: Absolutely. Yesterday I told myself coming to these games, the one thing I wanted to do was to step on that ice and not skate with that worried look and feel like I can own that ice and I deserved those four minutes and forty seconds of performance by myself. It was such an exhilarating experience, such a different one than Sochi.

Gosh, my parents have gone through so much from the first days I started skating to now. They’ve grown together with me. My parents have, I think, been there for the days that have not been great, of course. They never lost hope. They experienced me leaving home and training on my own in Michigan and… but they still came to every single competition and they were still there to support me every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better experience, I’ve been so lucky, and there’s Liz like… (laughs watching the video of his parents and girlfriend) She’s very, very stressed, as you can tell. I’m so glad she was there with my parents, because the three of them have contributed so much to my career.

Scott: What do you want to do now? What will Patrick Chan hope to become?

Patrick: It’s a bit weird now. As an athlete, you’re always striving for a gold medal at the Olympic games. I kind of got one, and maybe I didn’t in some people’s eyes but… at the end of the day I left these games and I’ve left this career having grown so much. And now I have all these amazing experiences and amazing tools to move forward, and I can live my life with a huge smile on my face and look forward to the next challenges and I hope… I love Vancouver, I love BC and it’s such a beautiful place and I feel like there should be some amazing skaters coming out of there who feel inspired by hopefully the skating academy that I might start, and then just Vancouver as a place. It’s such an inspiring place to live.

Scott: Patrick, congratulations on everything that you’ve done. It’s been great to follow your career. You’re a great champion.

Patrick: Thanks, Scott.

A great champion, indeed – one who persevered to the end and reaped the rewards!

 

Patrick Compliments Yuzuru Hanyu

The short program, I skated in the group before Yuzuru, so I was able to run up to the stands and watch with my family. Yuzu and I have had definitely… we’ve gone through the whole… the last four years together, five years, leading up from before Sochi to now, and it’s amazing how I’ve been able to evolve my perception of watching him.

At first it was like a competitor, a nemesis, and… I hated him, but now I really was able, and that’s something to be proud of for me. I was able to sit there and say, “Wow, I appreciate this skate. He truly deserves this. And he skated the best out of everybody; every other man in that event.

I tip my hat to him because he really has proven that he is the best in the world on this day. So, it’s amazing to watch, and he really did command that ice that day.

And here’s more from the interview:

 

The Best of Patrick

Patrick Talks About His Troubles During the Season

“I wasn’t happy, I had no energy, I was exhausted and I had no desire to go to the rink.”

Musical Montage

Patrick appears at 0:30 of the video.

Patrick in a #Someday Segment

I’m so proud of walking away having grown up and being a different athlete, a different person, a better person, I think.

And I am so proud of Patrick for all the growth and willingness to learn that he’s shown since his comeback!

 

Beverley Smith: Patrick Chan, A Farewell Look

Some quotes from Bev’s excellent article. It made me think that it was a shame that a master of such skating skills had to retire!

Chan is the current-day proprietor of the lost art of actual skating that Colson loved and taught… Too many skaters these days don’t know how to work the blade properly. Too many skate on the flats of their blades, not the edges, which allow great sweeping curves. Too many now focus on learning jumps, rather than on skating. And it’s impossible, as Chan says, to work in a lot of blade expertise, when you are tearing up and down the ice, doing quad after quad. Nathan Chen? Watch him. He goes up and down the ice. How else to accomplish six quads in a program?

Walia said. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Back then, I had never seen anything like that: this skater that could just fly across the ice, doing really difficult turns that you would think you would have to do a lot slower. Doing this complex type of movements with speed: no other skater does it like him.”

Ice dancers –they who must use edges and turns and Choctaws and all the rest – respect Chan in spades. They bow to him. “I’m lucky that Patrick can jump,” Moir said. “Because if he switched over, I’d be in trouble.”

“I think we would all love to skate like that and fly around the ice like he does so effortlessly. He’s a skater’s skater.”

One must see Chan skate live, he added. “If you see him on TV, you can’t feel your hair blow back when you are close to him on the ice, because he has so much speed and command. That’s what makes him Patrick Chan. We’ve been blessed to have that.”

Jeffrey Buttle, who skated with Chan as a competitor, and worked with him as a choreographer, says: “People who talk about ‘Chanflation’ have probably never been competitive skaters. My legs hurt watching him sustain those ridiculous edges and turns. He is literally a master of skating.”

Walia says Chan’s basic skating was so far superior to his competitors, there should have been a gap between his marks and theirs. “And there should also have been a gap if he made a mistake. There should have been a gap [technically] for that if he made a mistake. He would lose credit for a mistake and mathematically, he did. But if he made a mistake, he still had his skills to fall back on.”

“He covers the ice unlike anybody else in the sport that I’ve seen,” she said. “I feel like there should be someone else on the ice with him at the same time, so you can compare. He’s the best of the best.”

His turns are so complex that Weaver says: “I couldn’t do that if I worked on it for 10 years.”

Chan’s transitions? “It’s a combination of different footwork and turns,” Walia said. “It’s not one turn. It’s the way maybe he does something with a lean, how he can take a basic movement and make it so difficult, do really difficult things with it, that no one else can do. It’s quite special.”

For this quadrennial, Chan has been caught in a system that does not reward his strengths. He knew he could not win. Partway through the system, he readjusted his goals to win his tenth Canadian men’s title, a record, and help his teammates win the team gold medal. He accomplished both those missions before he even started the individual event, which became his goodbye wave.

 

With Radio Canada’s Dominick Gauthier
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Fan Postings: Past and Present

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Patrick Chan Olympic News (Part 3), Golden February 2018

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Last updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018

 

With the team event victory behind him, gold medalist Patrick had one last event to compete in – the individual competition! Despite the tough competition, he did his best and ended a spectacular career with his head held high.

This is Part 3 of my blog posts detailing Patrick’s third and final Olympic journey. Read Part 1 here and about his team event victory in Part 2 here. Keep checking back for more updates as they come!

 

February 17: After the Competition

Patrick introduced his girlfriend, Elizabeth (Liz) and met with fans! Some highlights from the interview below:

Patrick Introduces His Girlfrend

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Patrick Chan Olympic News (Part 2), February 2018: Olympic GOLD!!

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Last updated: Thursday, February 15, 2018

 

Embed from Getty Images

They did it! Patrick and Team Canada won the figure skating team event!! Congratulations to the new champions!! It is such a pleasure to update the headlines and other pages on this website! He is the FIRST Canadian mens’ singles skater to win gold!!

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Patrick Chan Olympic News (Part 1), February 2018

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Whereby we now come, strangely enough, to the end of our hero’s journey to Mount Olympus. Good luck, Patrick! Use the days well!

**Does Patrick have a geopolitical advantage at the Olympics? Use my Olympic Geopolitical Advantage Calculator to find out (link)!

 

January 8-9: Team Short Program Competition and Opening Ceremonies

A rough start due to times and conditions, but Patrick still feels confident! What a gorgeous portrait with the flag (below)!

Patrick Chan Portrait by Nikki Ormerod 2-2018

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Patrick Chan Pre-Olympic News, Jan-Feb 2018

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Last updated: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Here’s a roundup of all the Pchiddy news happening between Nationals and the Olympics!

***Does Patrick have a geopolitical advantage at the Olympics? Use my Olympic Geopolitical Advantage Calculator to find out (link)!

 

February 4: Off to Pyeongchang!

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Patrick Chan 2018 Canadian Nationals: 10-Time National Champion!

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Last updated: Monday, January 29, 2018

This is a special post, because for the first time ever I was able to travel to see Patrick in competition live. It will be a very long post where I will add in some of my personal experiences as appropriate. Also, I will keep updating this post as I sort through my raw footage and photos from the trip. By popular request, see below for more details on how I got Patrick’s autograph!

 

January 14: My Encounter with Patrick

Yes, I am one lucky fan, having witnessed in person Patrick’s record-shattering 10th victory and getting his autograph on my banner!

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