Last month, I thought Helsinki would be Patrick’s final stop this season, but it turns out that our Blackbird is not done yet, and now he goes to Tokyo to compete in the World Team Trophy event. Will he attempt two quads in his short program? Will he land all three quads in the long program? Will he finally join the 300-point club? The excitement begins!
— 小鳥遊 マム (@0215mercury) April 6, 2017
For more information on the competition, visit the official World Team Trophy site!
The Latest Word from Patrick
In his latest interview with Reuters, Patrick reiterated his concerns for skater’s health, his own commitment to keeping himself healthy, and made a (sure to be controversial) suggestion that the ISU might need to limit the number of quads in the long program.
Actually, I agree with Patrick’s stance on the quad issue and the increased risk for injury that comes with it. I would much rather that he stay healthy now and beyond retirement, while keeping his love for skating intact. I had pointed out to him once that he was so lucky to have had a long career in competitive skating without any major injuries or surgeries. He is so blessed, and we fans are so lucky to see him still skating spectacularly at age 26!
Practice Schedules and Time Zones
The men will begin practicing on Wednesday, April 19. See the full colored time schedule here.
— blue_cosmos (@BluecosmosH) April 2, 2017
For those of you watching the event live, the men’s short program event will begin on Thursday, March 30 at 12:10 PM local time, according to the competition timetable.
The men’s short program will begin on Thursday, April 20 at 18:40 PM local time. The free skate will begin on Friday, April 21 at 19:00 PM local time. The Exhibition Gala will be on Sunday, April 23 at 14:00 PM local time.
For more information on the event, visit the official World Team Trophy site.
Where to Watch the Competition
🎥 Live stream for the ISU World Team Trophy will be available from Thursday to Sunday from Tokyo 🇯🇵
— ISU Figure Skating (@ISU_Figure) April 18, 2017
Also see SYWTWFS‘ excellent “How to Watch” page listing multiple streaming links.
The Competition Event
— サバラン (@savarrin) April 17, 2017
The ISU ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating is an annual competition sponsored by the International Skating Union and hosted by the Japan Skating Federation. The event began in 2009 in Tokyo, with the United States team winning the first gold medal. So far in the history of the championship, the United States has won four times and Japan has won once.
Patrick competed in this event three times in 2009, 2012 and 2013. The Canadian teams won two silver and one bronze medal.
This year’s competition will be held again in Tokyo at the Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium from April 20-23, 2017. See the detailed practice and competition schedule and the official announcement.
Tickets can be purchased here.
— Skate Canada (@SkateCanada) April 18, 2017
Besides his team (pictured above), coaches, and Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada High Performance Director, Patrick will be accompanied by Meghan Buttle of Toronto, Ont., the team physiotherapist. Canadian officials at the event are Karen Butcher of Greely, Ont., and Karen Howard, Regina, Sask. See more about the Canadian entourage here.
— Jackie Wong (@rockerskating) April 6, 2017
— 🍁Sarah Lee🍁 (@sarahlee8812) April 16, 2017
Team Canada qualified first and has a good chance of winning the challenge. Good luck to Patrick and his team!
Other News Updates
How Patrick’s Skating Moves Us
Read Kirsten’s blog post on how Patrick’s programs this season have inspired her!
See the following list of competition dates posted by the ISU. Patrick is expected to compete at two Grand Prix events next season.
— サバラン (@savarrin) April 12, 2017
Also, Patrick will represent MK Blades as an ambassador next season:
— Patrick Chan (@Pchiddy) April 6, 2017
Congratulations, Patrick! You wear the Phantoms well!