01-09-2012, 11:20 AM
So cute....the two of them. I can see why Patrick likes it there with lots of skaters his age to train and socialize with. It looked like everyone was having lots of fun......so nice to see
01-09-2012, 02:07 PM
Here are a couple of interesting Youtube finds - Jeff Buttle commenting on Patrick's Nationals skates. They are called Earphone Guides, with Jeff in conversation with someone I can't identify, during Patrick's live performances. There is no visual action so don't think there is something wrong like I did.
Earphone Guide by Jeff Buttle:
Patrick Chan / 2011 Canadian Nationals LP
Patrick Chan / 2010 Canadian Nationals LP
I loved his 2010 Nationals performance with a couple of glitches so much and watched it multiple times. I was hoping for a flawless one to watch forever but he didn't deliver in the Olynmpics but came bach the next season with a quad. I never knew the perfect skate I was hoping for would have 2 quads in it!
01-09-2012, 10:38 PM
SF, thanks for the links. It's nice to hear praises for Patrick from an ex-rival as well as a world champion.
Here is the link for Patrick's performance in 2006 NHK, I don't think it's on youtube. What I am really impressed is his positive attitude in the interview.
01-11-2012, 12:18 PM
Any words if Chan will try a new quad at National? At one point that was the plan, right?
01-11-2012, 12:39 PM
I don't think it is still the plan or he'd let the media know (he did so last year when he decided to add anothe quad in the LP). His 4T hasn't been consistent this year so I don't think he would spend time on the new quad.
Originally Posted by jettasian
01-11-2012, 04:50 PM
Patrick doesn't exactly call the media to announce his skating plan. He is one of the stars of the events, and last year, without Tessa and Scott, he was the sole headliner for the promotion of the event. A "show down" with Kevin Reynolds was hyped and a conference call with journalists was arranged with him and the quad question was asked and answered. I'm quite suer there would be some sort of media event before the competition and the new quad question will quite likely be posed to him then.
I wouldn't rule out him including a new quad. It depends on how well he will have trained since the GPF, possibly the longest stretch of training time he has had since last Worlds. Last year at this time he had just come off the GPF with clean programs with his 4T so everything was on track to include another 4T as planned. While last year's obstacles were mental, which he overcame by the GPF, this year's troubles have been more physical, with lack of training time as well as some health issues causing the subpar performances thus far. I think only Patrick and his team know for sure his readiness and the way he likes to stick to plans, I wouldn't be surprised if he actually goes ahead with adding a new quad. This year he is going to 4CC which involves no travelling for him so it's another practice opportunity before Worlds to put in the new quad if he doesn't do so at the Nationals.
The Nationals is really an ideal place to try something new and difficult because by then the program is familiar and the event offers no competitive stress. The home crowd support adds energy so why not go for it then?
01-13-2012, 10:57 PM
01-14-2012, 12:04 AM
This is Skatebug audio commentary that someone has recorded and uploaded to Youtube. At national and international events in Canada you can buy a "Skatebug" radio receiver (an earphone, i guess you could call it) and listen to commentary that is provided during all the events, and sometimes practices as well.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
On the 2011 clip you can hear two commentators talking to Jeff: Jamie McGrigor (an ISU technical specialist) and Ted Barton (he was part of the ISU team that developed the new judging system). They have guests like Jeff drop by and contribute to the Skatebug commentary from time to time. On the 2010 clip I just noticed Jamie and Jeff talking.
01-14-2012, 10:22 PM
hmmm... why did he say "my skating was very frantic, as opposed to just having a nice pace” ? I don't agree. As long as he lands all his jumps, this program will be perfect, better than POTO, in my opinion.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
01-16-2012, 04:41 PM
Boeing, I find that write-up quite muddled and incongruous. I certainly don't find his Aranjuez frantic at all. The ending footwork sequence is particularly flowing and breathtaking. In the article he said he's not adding a new quad as his quads have regressed but at the GPF SP it was so gorgeous that he decided to tack on the 3T, unfortunately (and comically) ending up crashing into the board after the landing. In a Skate Buzz interview, he said his 3A has become so consistent after TEB that it's now his go to jump. It's hard to figure out where he's at.
It's probably a good thing for him to pace himself for the 2014 Olympics. He's established himself as a dominant competitor last season so this year is the right time to take a breather and map out a plan and trajectory up to Sochi.
He just did another PSA, this time for Sparks:
01-17-2012, 08:52 PM
No surprise, Chan wins another award - Canadian Sport Awards male athlete of the year.
They counted for us, six awards for 2011. Congrats, Champ! May you have more glorious years like this one, especially 2014.
01-19-2012, 08:11 AM
POTO???? For a moment I was wondering what that means. I prefer Aranjuez to POTO too Particularly the footwork where he 'swirls and twirls' .. does remind me of ballroom dancing. Hopefully, he can skate clean. Worlds will be interesting with Plushenko back in competition.
01-19-2012, 03:35 PM
01-19-2012, 04:37 PM
"Patrick Chan is blowing up his pants in his hotel room."
I was more interested in the hotel room than his pants. The room looks "economical". He seems to be really living on a tight budget.
01-19-2012, 04:48 PM
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