Last edited by DesertRoad; 02-20-2010 at 02:13 AM.
It isn't as though this is the first time that Chan has made comments at the expense of another skater. Even before winning World silver last year, Chan has been badmouthing other skaters. He has foot in mouth disease, and he needs to learn to THINK before he speaks, because he comes across as arrogant and crass. Other skaters who have been outspoken have at least kept to the topic----figure skating---and have not branched out into critiquing another skater on personal behavior.
I don't much like Plushenko's complaints about losing to Lysacek, but he has not made personal remarks about Lysacek the person, only referred to skaters without the quad (and BTW, Lysacek has landed the quad many, many times in competition, just not this season).
Desert, while your thoughts are good in their intention. It just doesn't work that way. NBC and USFSA, judges and whoever else seems to have the "problem" here carry more weight than the skaters themselves. Sorry but it's true. They are the ones that determine results, hand out the support and present athletes to the public. Chan doesn't need to leave room for doubt, ESPECIALLY this early on in his career. like the above poster said, atleast the others haven't targeted their remarks to the skater's themselves. Chan is walking (or shall I say skating) through a mine field with his continued remarks.
I want to like Chan, I really do. But he's making a fool out of himself. skate first, talk second. His comments were rude and unnecessary. And as his career is beginning to take off, it would be nice to see him build a solid fan base instead of leaving room for others to perceive him as an arrogant person. For some this was the first they saw of him and people are forming opinions and choosing their favorites over the next few years. And while this may not matter to Chan, it matters to the public. He needs to be careful. That's all I'm trying to say.
Well, that is my point. That skaters are pawns in the game, while the judges and the higher ups are the kingmakers. Don't hate the player, hate the gamekeeper.
Actually, you are correct. Patrick did say "the right guy won." I don't get why people here are so mean spirited. It's really strange. All of Canada agrees that Evan L. deserved to win and no one here is griping that Patrick did not end up on the podium. Of course, we want him to do well and be in the top ten in order to send male skaters to the next Olympics and the Worlds. It only makes sense. This was his first Olympics and he did not have the adavantage of experience that the other skaters like Evan L. and Plushenko or Joubert and Stehpen L. had.
Instead of taking it out on Chan, why are people here not dissing Plushenko? After all he did actually step on the top of the Podium before accepting his silver medal and his Coach and the Russian Federation are crying "foul" judging.
I thought Chan underwent extensive media training on how to talk and portray himself to us folks in front of the telly (or PC). :indiff: He's not doing a good job in making me like him, that's for sure.