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2017 Stars On Ice Updates, Week 3: Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Calgary

Last updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 14: Calgary Show

What a way to end a great Stars On Ice week – on Mother’s Day! Patrick introduced the video for the group:

Videos from Calgary

24k Magic on the ice tonight #starsonice #yyc #saddledome

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Photos from Calgary

Backstage with Chan! #PatrickChan #SOI #3timeworldchampion

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Our Ice Palace skaters got to hang out with the Stars On Ice Cast before the show. #dreamcometrue #sogreat

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Major fangirling at Stars on Ice today! ⭐️⛸

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May 13: Edmonton Show
Videos from Edmonton

#patrickchan Olympic Silver Medalist

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Photos from Edmonton

Just a girl and her #firstcrush #ilovepatrickchan #sharingherchocolate #soi2017 @starsonice @pchan31 #meetandgreet #hoggingalltheattention

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@gracie_godfrey and Patrick Chan #rogersplace #starsonice #patrickchan

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Oh stars on ice you never disappoint!!! #elvisstojko #patrickchan #kirtbrowning #kaetlynosmond #wow

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Practice with Meagan

Meanwhile, in Canada, #StarsOnIce takes @rogersplace tonight!

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May 12: Regina Show

Pre-Show Interview

What a cute interview and skating lesson with Patrick! Click on the video link in the tweet below. I will post a transcript of the interview soon!

Interview: PART I

Alex: Welcome to Regina.

Patrick: Thank you.

Alex: Have you been here before?

Patrick: Yes, I have. I think three years ago with Stars On Ice.

Alex: Awesome! Okay, well, let’s talk about you a little bit, because obviously you are best known for figure skating, but when you were a kid, you had your hands in all types of different sports…

Patrick: Yeah, my mom put me in… my mom and dad put me in all sports, like tennis, swimming, golf, skiing is actually my first sport before skating, so… Skating was just a part of like, my extracurricular activities. It wasn’t anything serious at first.

Alex: What’s kind of kept you in the sport? What’s drawn you and kept you here?

Patrick: Uh… well, I was good at it (laughs). That was the first thing. I figured out I was kind of good at it, and… honestly, I love that I have full control of my own… results. I can control whether I can be on the podium or not. I have complete control over it, and… it’s a very nervewracking feeling to be on the ice by yourself but it also can be the most blissful feeling ever, and… it’s, I think you’re playing with fire. That’s why I like figure skating just because it’s a risk. It’s a risky sport.

Alex: Definitely. Okay, let’s talk a little bit about Stars On Ice. How did you get involved?

Patrick: Well, I started, I believe in 2012 or 2013 and… been doing it every year since. It’s basically a family. We become… you know, obviously the tour is not as big as it used to be, when Kurt and Brian Orser were doing it, but it’s still the quality and… now we have Jeffrey Buttle doing, being creative director and choreographer… It’s, this year’s show is completely different. It’s a lot of energy… brings a lot of energy into the audience and hopefully draws them in, ’cause that’s how we love performing when the audience gets involved.

Alex: Definitely, and the show is in Regina tonight, here at the Brandt Centre, 7:30. Tickets are still available. Why should people come on out?

Patrick: Because it’s great! Figure skating is awesome… we have a lot of blasts, there’s great songs that are being played. Each number is entertaining. Elvis Stojko, Kurt Browning, myself, Jeffrey Buttle, Meagan and Eric, Kaitlyn Osmond… we have great quality skaters and… we just love to show you guys what we can do.

Alex: All right, well, we got to send it back to studio for now. We’re going to be skating with Patrick coming up next. Can you send us off?

Patrick: I sure can, I guess. (laughs)

Alex: Here he goes!

Patrick does his signature final spin.

Alex: (cups her mouth) OMG.

Interview: PART II
Alex: That’s right. I’m back out on the ice with Patrick, and we’re going to do a little bit of skating. I’m a little bit hopeless in the skating department, but maybe you can whip me into Olympic shape. Where do we start?

Patrick: So we’re going to start with bubbles… what we call bubbles. Basically, you just push out and bring them back in, push out, bring them back in… Yeah, and then we can go backwards…

Alex: Omigosh. Patrick…

Patrick: (laughs) Am I asking too much?

Alex: Skating straight backwards is a struggle.

Patrick: And you can have your hands out, too, to help you balance, yeah. (watches her skate) Okay, and then we’re going to do… and now we’re going to do a one foot push, and then balance on one foot.

Alex: Omigosh, he’s so graceful.

(Patrick laughs out loud.)

Alex: You’re like a swan. (she struggles on one foot)

Patrick: That was kind of like a swan, too.

Alex: It’s kind of like the awkward duckling swan version.

Patrick: Yeah, there you go. And then… we’re going to do…

Alex: Geez louise…

Patrick: Slalom or skier, I guess. So you… like you’re going around the gates.

Alex: (tries it) Good?

Patrick: Yeah. Backwards? We can do it backwards.

Alex: Are you…

(They both laugh)

Patrick: Okay, we can do…

Alex: No, I can do it! I’m skiing… (she stumbles; Patrick gasps and holds out his hands in case she falls)

Patrick: Okay, no, that’s not… omigod…

Alex: I’m doing it! No! I want to be like Patrick Chan!

Patrick: (still laughing) Nooo… I’m not responsible…

(But Alex seems to get the hang of it.)

Patrick: Perfect. (He gives two thumbs up.)

Alex: Yay! Okay, what about like a quick… one-two…

Patrick: Yeah, you could do a two-foot spin. Yeah… (he demonstrates) You jump the other way, then. ‘Cause you…

Alex: (tries to do a spin)

Patrick: Yeah… (does another spin, and then some elliptical spinning)

Alex: Look, the Olympics came to Regina! Pairs team… Omigosh, okay…

Patrick: We’re going to try to do it…

Alex: I have to ask you… Tonight, full stack show… Of course, Elvis was in the news…

Patrick: Yes.

Alex: But he’s going to be here in Regina.

Patrick: He is. He already performed in Winnipeg, so he’s already got one show under his belt, and yeah, he’s doing great. The rest of the cast is healthy and… we’re excited for the show.

Alex: How do you guys prepare for a show? Like this, do you have a pump up song or…?

Patrick: We usually… actually, a tradition that we do, with at least Jeffrey Buttle and I… we usually run the stairs of the stadium, just to… like, as a warm up… to try and get us going.

Alex: What??

Patrick: Yeah, yeah. (laughs)

Alex: Omigosh, okay. Well, we’re not going to do that, but we’re going to send it back to you, and we’re going to keep working on our Olympic pairs routine.

(Patrick and Alex skate backwards, but Alex can’t maintain it. Patrick flaps his arms like a bird.)

Alex: Omigod, one day…

It's a party on the ice with @kaetkiss and @pchan31 for @starsonice 🎉🎉🎉

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Interview with the Calgary Herald

It’s official! Patrick will work on adding another quad to his repertoire this summer.

I’m going to do my part to stay current and stay competitive, and the way I can do that with the current state in the sport (is add another quad), it’s all I can do.
May 11: On to Regina!

Regina, you're up! Use #StarsOnIce and tag @starsonice to show us your experience at tonight's show!

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May 10: Winnipeg Show
Videos from Winnipeg

Such a fun time at #StarsonIce with the #famjam

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Photos from Winnipeg

My longest crush. 😍 #KurtBrowning #StarsOnIce #ThanksMomAndDad #ThanksGeneKelly @donna.maria067

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Night out at Skatetastic! #starsonice

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May 8: Asian Heritage Month

Patrick was featured at the top of this poster!

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