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    That was fun. I read that Patrick is participating in the Winter Soltice event through Friday and wondered how he was going to perform in Japan Nationals Gala? I knew he was there last year but hard to believ he's doing this now.

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    trains, thanks for posting the video. Looks like Patrick has a lot of fun doing this number with Ryan Jahnke, it would be even better if a clearer clip would be posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    Probably 3 quads. We'll have to wait and see. Not too surprised he's sticking with his plan.
    And with 1 in the short, so total 4, if all go as planned?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trains View Post
    The confidence and personality he projected to the audience were professional-like. His artistry is improving by leaps and bounds.

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    Chan voted Sportsnet Athlete of the Year with video interview.

    Another round of congratulations. And another $5000 to Think First.

    All these are going to make a very happy birthday and New Year.

    Adding MSN video:Patrick Chan talks about 2011.
    Last edited by SkateFiguring; 12-24-2011 at 01:18 PM.

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    Patrick's August interview on Chinese TV is now on Youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioxjeY-0THk

    Notice how they keep saying he is 21 - his Chinese age.

    Part 2/6

    Part 3/6

    Part 4/6

    Part 5/6

    I can't find Part 6 yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    Patrick's August interview on Chinese TV is now on Youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioxjeY-0THk

    Notice how they keep saying he is 21 - his Chinese age.

    Part 2/6

    Part 3/6

    Part 4/6

    Part 5/6

    I can't find Part 6 yet.
    is his dad an accountant (as the host said in Pt 5) or a lawyer as suggested in the media?

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    You can be both. A lot of tax lawyers are also CPAs.

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    I still can't find Part 6, the longest segment, on Youtube but have come across the whole interview in a Chinese forum:

    http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1338552337

    The host has interviewed various famous Chinese skaters including Michelle Kwan. Comparing the different sport systems between China and Canada, she tells of how Chinese athletes are completely taken care of, with their coaches acting like doting parents, such that a Chinese swimmer once told her that, without his coach's reminder, he forgot to bring his goggles to an important competition! She wraps up the interview expressing that though a Canadian athlete has to go through so much more to train and achieve but in the end they may be more experienced and prepared for their career and for life.

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    Quick, look what I found on Kozuka's Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3959107&type=3


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    I still can't find Part 6, the longest segment, on Youtube but have come across the whole interview in a Chinese forum:

    http://tieba.baidu.com/p/1338552337

    The host has interviewed various famous Chinese skaters including Michelle Kwan. Comparing the different sport systems between China and Canada, she tells of how Chinese athletes are completely taken care of, with their coaches acting like doting parents, such that a Chinese swimmer once told her that, without his coach's reminder, he forgot to bring his goggles to an important competition! She wraps up the interview expressing that though a Canadian athlete has to go through so much more to train and achieve but in the end they may be more experienced and prepared for their career and for life.
    That's a very interesting take, SF. I suspect that parents generally have more of a role in their children's life in the West, and that mitigates the role of the coach. Also, I imagine that the coach in China is probably in some way a publicly sponsored official, because the athletic program is a national program, which gives him/her more power and more possibility of efficiency as well.

    Do you know, how is the subsidy or grant money for each athlete handled? Does it come to the coach? Is there another official who handles it? I can't imagine that it comes to the athletes themselves, or even their parents. Whereas in the West, except for some subsidies from nonprofit organizations or benefactors, the money to finance a skating career comes from the athletes or their families.

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    By Chinese tradition, teachers are respected like parents and they take on parental roles in guiding their students in their lives. So are martial arts teachers and these days coaches. Common names for teachers include "father" ("fu" in "shifu") and "mother" ("mu" in "shimu") in them. Today's athletes start so young so the coaches take on even more of a nuturing/doting role.

    Lucinda Ruh could tell you about her Chinese coach, whom she calls her savior, a father figure, and long time best friend, in this interview.

    eta. In the West, coaches are often regarded as employees. In Patrick's case, Mr. Colson was like a grandfather to him and was treated like a member of the family who were by his bed when he died.

    From 2008, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9jnRj87XO8
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    World figure skating champ Patrick Chan named Canada's male athlete of the year

    Chan is only the third figure skater to win the Conacher Award — named after the all-rounder voted Canada's male athlete of the half-century in 1950 — since it was first handed out in 1932. Kurt Browning claimed the honour in 1990 and '91, and Elvis Stojko in 1994.
    Another round of applause and congratulations! It's so good for him and for figure skating to be recognized.



    I hope he doesn't win too big in Vegas as he might stop skating and start gambling for a living, as he joked earlier.

    Reminds me of the times I was given coupons by a gambler who had too many so I had some sumptuous meals in a casino. I walked around afterwards to watch how people paid for my dinner, refusing to put a even quarter in a slot machine. I explained to my companion the odds were against me and I was told I already got my fix in the stock markets! (Well, educated and calculated risks are not the same as rigged odds against you.)

    This one has a different write up and picture:

    http://www.680news.com/sports/articl...te-of-the-year

    It is another overwhelming win.

    Video with parts showing his training his new show program.
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    Another award:

    Patrick Chan named Postmedia male athlete of the year

    How many of these Athlete Of The Year Awards are there in Canada?! Patrick is cleaning up this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    How many of these Athlete Of The Year Awards are there in Canada?
    Seriously.

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