Patrick has withdrawn from the NHK Trophy and will not be attending the Grand Prix Final this year (a big loss to his Japanese fans). But that does not mean his fans (both professional and casual) are not actively talking about him or preparing to see him the next time he competes. From interviews to music videos to buying tickets, they are committed to supporting him!
November 30: Patrick to be in Quebec / A Break from Marina?
On this last day of the month (and therefore the last update to this month-long post) came little tidbits of updates about Patrick for us, the news-starved fans! Hat tip to the eagle-eyed fans who brought some of these to my attention!
He must decide everything for himself… his skating is unique, unforgettable, no one can compare with him.
Skate Canada Challenge, November 29-December 3, 2017
This was the only announcement that Patrick would be in Quebec this weekend that I could find. Skate Canada’s event webpage does not mention the athlete ambassadors.
Patrick’s free program was a struggle, but he bravely and beautifully fought his tiredness to the end. Even though fans were shocked that he did not make the podium, he received a bundle of support and stuffed animals, too! The next day, I am proud that he skated a fun and happy EX program, “Oh, What a Night!”
November 3: NHK Trophy Withdrawal
Nope! Patrick will not be going to Japan after all!
And so SCI 2017 has begun! Patrick missed his flight and lost his luggage, but he spoke about looking forward to life after competitive skating and said to his fans, “thank you for liking me for who I am, not just for my skating.” But after a “crazy and not comfortable week”, he did well in the short program, scoring 94.43 and taking second!
Is Patrick is still happily situated in British Columbia, breaking in his skates? Perhaps one of his longtime dreams to move to Vancouver is finally being realized. Which coach went with him? Or is he training by himself until he returns to Michigan?
During the past week I had anticipated more media of Patrick making various appearances, but it seems he has disappeared from the limelight for now. Not too worry, of course, since Skate Canada International is in less than two weeks!
This photo was actually taken at the Agrodome back on September 28, but it was somehow missed by Instagram’s tagging system and I found it a different way. Maybe Patrick is still skating there – who knows?
Last week, skating fans noticed the conspicuous absence of Patrick’s name from the Nebelhorn Trophy roster, which set off some speculation on the state of his health, why he dropped out, etc. According to Lynn Rutherford:
Hearing Patrick Chan withdrew from Nebelhorn Trophy to allow more time to break in new skates.
No announcement was made (which seems to be the norm for Patrick these days), but I have no doubt that he skipped this competition to do more important things. I hope he’s working on two nice new costumes for “Dust in the Wind” and “Hallelujah” as well! It seems that he spent last weekend in Vancouver and may still be there this week.
In the meantime, let’s enjoy some more photos I found from his last competition at the Onyx Trophy (scroll down below). And, if you want my take on how Patrick can overcome the “talent curse” this Olympic season, read on further!