03-07-2014, 11:56 AM
“Our blade takes us in the most amazing places.”
03-07-2014, 02:56 PM
03-08-2014, 03:22 PM
I will miss Patrick at the Worlds. However I can understand why he is not going. If he is not ready to put what happened at the Olympics behind him yet, than he shouldn't go. He's only 23 so I hope he finds his feet again. I want to see more of his fantastic skating.
03-08-2014, 05:02 PM
Patrick's decision is based on his two patterns of experiences. 1. He usually does not do well in Japan, and 2, he usually doesn't win nor like to compete in WTT, the event after Worlds each year, and which also takes place in Japan. This year's World is like WTT to many skaters as the event after the Big One.
Originally Posted by Angela V
The main reason he does not do so well is because these events in Japan are either pre or post season. Japan Open is when the skaters try out their new programs for the season. Patrick has won in it but with falls which incur criticism, though I, along with other fans, thoroughly enjoyed and loved his Aranjuez at JO. The other event in Japan is the WTT and all the Worlds winners don't win there, which I attribute to psychological factors, i.e. they have achieved their season's goals and mentally their season is over and physically they are tired and past their planned peaks. Patrick never competes at NHK because there is usually one Japanese Worlds Men medalist competing on home ice. So, all in all, Patrick is known to have not been his best in Japan and the idea is instilled in him. He was glad with his Silver medal at the last GPF because he was able to do his LP well after the poor SP and happy to have overcome the Japan "jinx".
I hope he will bury these experiences and the mental block thus developed, along with his mental issue with the 3A, which he is completely capable of doing wonderfully but for the trepidation entering the jump.
Yesterday, 12:05 AM
In the first video, he said:
Originally Posted by Violet
"We welcome you to watch the Figure Skating World Championships in London, Canada." Of course, in Cantonese, the phrasing is a bit different but the semantics are the same.