What a year 2016 has been for Patrick! Below is a recap of post-GPF events, as well as a summary of this year’s performance highlights. I included anything Pchiddy-related in the last two weeks of the year, of course!
DSC Champions Ice Revue
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) January 7, 2017
Patrick is headlining the Detroit Skating Club’s “Skate for Dreams Champions Ice Revue” to raise money for the Special Olympics on January 7th!
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) January 1, 2017
2017 New Year Greeting
Patrick and his training mates grouped together for their new year photos!
— Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) December 31, 2016
This was the less-inspired (but still good) version of our "2017 picture."
— Alex Shibutani (@AlexShibutani) December 31, 2016
My new year graphic for all fans of Patrick!
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) January 1, 2017
Patrick’s 26th Birthday!
I was delighted to see all of the birthday well-wishes from fans to Patrick. Here are a few favorites:
— f19ure＠ユーロ＆ワールド観戦予定 (@91ee_figure) December 31, 2016
— tikson (@tikson117) December 31, 2016
— Mayumi (@echtshow) December 31, 2016
— Vivaldnian (@NianL) December 31, 2016
I love your skating🌟
From Meiku😊 pic.twitter.com/pt0VnMsBsD
— めいく@全日本感動スケオタでよかった♡ (@meiku_meiku16) December 31, 2016
— 미샤 Mysha (@DearMysha) December 31, 2016
And my birthday wishes to Patrick:
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) December 31, 2016
Side By Side Triple Axels!
Soon after Christmas, Patrick and Nathan went back to work, and here’s what they did in practice. It was Nathan who quipped that they were the two worst 3A jumpers in the ISU.
#Repost @nathanwchen ・・・ 2 worst triple axelers in the ISU comin at ya😜😂 @pchan31 vc: @alexshibutani🎥 Blades by @johnwilsonblades figureskating #figureskates #figureskater #figureskaters #figureskate #iceskating #iceskate #iceskates #iceskater #iceskaters #teamusa #patinajesobrehielo #patinaje #patinajeartistico #patinage #patinageartistique #フィギュアスケート #фигурноекатание
Nice timing, guys!
A Merry Pchiddy Christmas
Happy Holidays from Charlie, Lily and Riley! 🎄🎅🏼 pic.twitter.com/aOd1JO87Ra
— Patrick Chan (@Pchiddy) December 25, 2016
Maggie Blackmer confirmed that the pups were hers:
— Maggie Blackmer (@iceprincess0923) December 26, 2016
And of course Christmas is a time to play electronic games of all kinds, so I was delighted to find one that knew about Patrick:
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) December 26, 2016
I’m sure Pchiddy would approve!
— tane＊ (@tanetama0204) December 20, 2016
Patrick did an interview with the Japanese press during the Grand Prix Final in Marseille. Here is what he said to his fans via video:
Patrick: Hi everyone, it’s Patrick Chan here at the Grand Prix Final in Marseille. I want to say thank you to all the fans in Japan. You guys have been the motivation and such a huge part of my journey, my career in figure skating as an amateur athlete and as a professional athlete, so… you’ve made my dreams come true, so thank you so much. Keep an eye out for this season. You know, I want to make it to the World Championships, Four Continents… I’ve been looking forward to those two events and performing my best, and… hopefully, doing two quad toes and a quad sal in the long program and skating two clean programs would be the greatest accomplishment for this season, thanks.
LCBO Icewine Event
Patrick and several fans braved the wintry blasts in Toronto to attend a meet and greet at the Summerhill LCBO. While there, he showed off his now well-worn silver medal from Sochi and autographed bottles of his trademark icewine.
— Chieco (@Chieeeeeeco) December 19, 2016
— なちゃん (@QuadAxel3Toe) December 19, 2016
— Rob Mackay (@_RobMackay) December 17, 2016
— Flat Rock Cellars (@Winemakersboots) December 17, 2016
Lucky fans of Pchiddy – some cried when they met him:
— Elizabeth W (@effywanstall) December 19, 2016
— Gopatrick (@canskate) December 17, 2016
— Emily Tam (@emilytam99) December 17, 2016
_ Even it wasn't the first time to see him, I was extremely nervous 😩 Lol Anyway I'm so happy to have taken a selfie with Patrick Chan again 😎😎😎 #toronto #torontolife #patrickchan #selfie #canadianchampion #worldchampion #figureskater #instagood #instaselfie #instamood #パトリックチャン #まさかの２回目 #パトリックチャンの目キラキラすぎひん #たくろーの留学生活
As I had pointed out on GS Forums, I noticed that in the past two months Patrick’s autograph has changed a bit from previous years. In the past, his signatures all looked like this. Now, sometimes the “a” in “Chan” looks looped like this. According to graphology experts, a left-sided loop generally means self-deceit, but it can be interpreted in either a positive or negative way. I choose the positive interpretation, which is that Patrick is undergoing a life transformation and developing more belief and confidence in himself.
Other Recently Posted Photos
Patrick with his music man and choreographer:
The Canadian figure skating team holiday card, where the Gingerbread Man has no fear of Patrick eating him:
From all of us at Skate Canada, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season! pic.twitter.com/GnDaZHL9cz
— Skate Canada (@SkateCanada) December 21, 2016
And here is the matching video holiday greeting:
Mona made a nice GIF of Patrick from the video above:
— 田中カナ (@pic88fl) December 20, 2016
Photo of Patrick at a Japanese airport, probably during last summmer:
— はならん (@gomao2018_y) December 20, 2016
Laurilla’s Post-GPF Party Story!
Fan Laurilla was gracious to allow me to share her story of how she met Patrick during and after the Grand Prix Final. On Thursday (the 8th) she had asked him for a picture and held a cup of coffee for him. She said, “After that, every time he saw me and my group he always greeted us or said goodbye.”
On Saturday night (as well as Sunday night) he was in good spirits after attending a private party at the Sofitel Hotel and went out with part of the American and Canadian teams. At 2 AM she and her friends met them in the street and shared the same way to the vieux-port and center of the city. Laurilla said she “got to talk to him then (nothing special… just a ‘have fun tonight’ that he thanked and wished the same to me and ‘thank you, bye'”.
On Monday morning, Laurilla’s friend was at the Marseille airport and overheard a last call for “Patrick Chan”, who probably missed his flight.
Patrick had some notable accomplishments during the year, as listed below:
Canadian Nationals: First short program score of 103.58 and an 8th championship title!
Four Continents Championships, Taipei: First clean long program in international competition with two quad toes and two triple axels, scoring a historic 203.99! This was Patrick’s very best skate of the 2015-2016 season and the highest score he had ever received for a free program.
Cup of China, Beijing: First quadruple salchow attempted (fell) in an otherwise clean long program in international competition. For the second time this year, Patrick won a competition against Jin Boyang by one point.
Grand Prix Final, Marseille: First quadruple salchow landed in a long program in international competition! Yes, he fell on three jumps, but still did a beautiful program.
As 2016 comes to an end, I look forward to cheering on Patrick as he skates into 2017 with his best ever performances at Four Continents and Worlds! Onward and upward!
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) December 22, 2016
What was your favorite program of 2016? Leave a comment below. As always, thank you for reading this blog and for supporting Patrick!