After the Four Continents Championship, Patrick has been staying busy with various charity and skating promotional activities. He even replied to me on Twitter! Below is a summary of what’s happened since Gangneung:
Win Tickets to Stars On Ice!
— 103.5 QMFM (@QMFM) March 8, 2017
March 4 Figure Skating Clinic
Patrick conducted a sold-out skating clinic in Windsor, Ontario, with coaches Marina Zoueva and Johnny Johns. Fifty young skaters practiced and learned from Patrick as he demonstrated spins and other skating moves. Not bad, considering that days before there were still 10 spots open:
Only 10 spots left for this event…Patrick Chan, THE Patrick Chan, will be on hand coaching and mentoring. email… https://t.co/pRJHtIymPY
— snapd Windsor (@snapdWindsor) March 1, 2017
Video and Interview Transcript
— CTV Windsor (@CTVWindsor) March 5, 2017
Reporter: Patrick Chan says he encourages all young skaters not to forget to have fun while on the ice.
Patrick: I didn’t expect to be where I am… at this level in figure skating at their age. I was just going out and having fun challenging myself everyday, trying to do something difficult like skating… or tennis, or golf. I think that’s the importance of sport, in general… not to necessarily go and be the best ever in the world. It’s more than just that.
I like what Patrick said about having fun and doing sports for its own sake. I think his advice reflects his personal maturity and growth, and how he developed from someone who thought he always had to be better than everyone else (as he had said in a previous interview) to someone who is more focused on enjoying the process of skating. Good for you, Patrick!
— John (@JohnJHutton1) March 4, 2017
Open the links mentioned in the first two tweets below to see many more photos!
— windsoriteDOTca News (@windsoriteDOTca) March 5, 2017
— Brigitte Laskowski (@singerskates) March 4, 2017
— Alana Hadadean (@AHadadeanCTV) March 4, 2017
— aomomiji (@aomomiji12) March 7, 2017
The Flyer for the Event
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) March 1, 2017
March 3: Icewine in Manitoba!
Patrick tweeted early on a Friday morning to announce that his icewine is now available at Manitoba Liquor Marts. Naturally, local fans there are quite happy!
— Patrick Chan (@Pchiddy) March 3, 2017
— Michelle B (@michi_b2089) March 3, 2017
March 2: Patrick with Marin Honda and Karen Chen!
2016 Junior World figure skating champion Marin Honda took this photo with Patrick. Patrick’s coach Marina Zoueva is one of Marin’s choreographers, hence the meeting at the Arctic Edge Ice Arena in Canton, Michigan.
But another beautiful visitor was there at the same time – current U.S. ladies’ champion Karen Chen, who had a great time:
Patrick’s rink is definitely a skating hot spot!
February 23: Reading at Ronald McDonald House… and Replying to ME!
Read more about what Patrick said about the importance of books here!
The first picture of the night’s event was tweeted by his agent from Landmark Sports:
— Rob Mackay (@_RobMackay) February 24, 2017
Which Patrick later retweeted:
— Patrick Chan (@Pchiddy) February 24, 2017
In the midst of this feel-good experience, I thought it might be a good time to politely remind him to update his Twitter bio, which still said “eight time Canadian Champion” on it:
@Pchiddy And would you kindly update your Twitter bio, please? Nine time champ!
— PC Skating Fan (@PCSkatingFan) February 24, 2017
I had a good feeling about this but didn’t think he would reply, so off I went to choir rehearsal. Then, just before I got home 3 hours later, I saw this:
— ih (@sunnypeony) February 24, 2017
What?! I had to take a look at it!
Wow… Back to the cute photos of Patrick with the kids and books while I recover from the shock of a few words and an emoji from him!
— RMHC Toronto (@RMHToronto) February 24, 2017
Patrick with a copy of “Ivanhoe”:
— A Good Book Drive (@AGoodBookDrive) March 1, 2017
Was a blue moon shining that night? But seriously, I am very grateful for Patrick’s reply. One of my writer friends said that I “must have caught him in a good mood”. Perhaps it might be more accurate to say that I caught him in a very generous mood. 🙂
February 22: Pink Shirts to Promote Safe Sport
Patrick was featured in a graphic to promote Safe Sport Day:
— Skate Canada (@SkateCanada) February 22, 2017
That’s the wrap-up of Patrick’s good deeds during the past two weeks! How could any Pchiddy fan not be proud of his demonstrated generosity towards young skaters and kids in need? Yes, I am so proud of him! And yes, I will ever be grateful for the miraculous bit of contact we had online. Thanks to all who shared links of photos and videos, and most of all, thanks to Patrick for making himself available. May Finland be good to you as the 2016-2017 season comes to a close!