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!
Nice photo of him with the other “uncle”, last year’s world champion Javier Fernandez. However, it would have been even more potent had they been wearing their similar-looking short program costumes… you know, the black ones with the suspenders?
What a fabulous skate! Patrick is in 3rd after scoring 102.13 in the short program (his first time breaking the 100-point barrier in international competition)!!! He has now achieved the first part of his goal to have two clean skates, and I am so proud of him for saying afterwards that he needs to “remind myself what are my strengths, and go with that” (see interview transcripts below). His skating today was described as that of a magician, artist, or fairy on ice. Keep up the good work, Patrick!
It is hard to believe that the 2016-2017 season which started in Finland for Patrick will now come to a close in the same country. Our Blackbird has had a tumultuous journey to date, trying to scale heights he had never tried before. From sublime programs to disastrous jump attempts, he’s done it all and yet still managed to place in the top five in each of his competitive events this season. Now, with the competitive terrain becoming so much more difficult, I have faith that he can yet “take these broken wings and learn to fly”! CONTINUE READING
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:
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
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. CONTINUE READING