Adelina Sotnikova also twitted that she was training today with Patrick:
"his SKATING IS GENIUS!!! it's breathtaking when he gains speed! want to skate like that!У него ГЕНИАЛЬНОЕ КАТАНИЕ!!!аж дух захватывает,когда он набирает скорость!хочу также кататься!
На одном льду сегодня каталась с Патриком Чаном!,а завтра увижу его в гостинице
was skating on the same ice with Patrick Chan today! and tomorrow I'll see him at hotel"
Last edited by loreley; 11-06-2012 at 12:24 PM.
Thank you loreley for all the info from Russia.
I think Patrick is on track with his programs, getting better each and every time, peaking at Worlds. Also I hope to see his new ex program from Chris Dean.
Welcome lea to the fest!
I’m new to Golden Skate, so hi everyone. Hallelujah! A place where I can unashamedly be a Patrick Chan fan!!! He is certainly one of those polarizing skaters that people have very strong opinions about (but maybe it’s that way with every top skater?) I have been hooked since I stumbled across his 2008 Nationals LP on YouTube, and I thought to myself, “This kid can SKATE!!!) He’s one of the few skaters that makes IJS look easy. All his movements flow into each other naturally, as opposed to most other skaters where it’s completely obvious they’re just cramming extra moves in for points. Skaters like Chan, Takahashi, and Kozuka, and Abbott are evidence that programs can still be beautiful under IJS (and there are more examples across the disciplines). From the moment Patrick’s Four Seasons music began, I was mesmerized. I could literally watch him skate all day, with or without jumps.
Some people say that he doesn’t emote well during his programs. I think his on-ice style is reserved by nature. He feels the music deeply in his soul (saw an interview posted in this thread where he talked about ballet and how important music is to him). Off the ice, he seems like a really outgoing person. His musicality on the ice is focused inward as opposed to outward but he is working on projecting more. I FEEL something each time he skates that is indescribable. He is the first skater I’ve felt this moved by since Michelle Kwan. His skating quality is top notch and I feel that he often doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
The haters love to talk about Chanflation. They criticize every flaw and seemingly blame Patrick for his high scores. Patrick can’t really control the judges’ marks. Figure skating is still a subjective sport, and Patrick’s job is done once he leaves the ice. Plus, I personally don’t comment much on skaters I don’t like (other than giving a brief opinion if it’s relevant), so I don’t understand why people spend so much time criticizing skaters they don’t like. YouTube is the best example of this I can think of: If you really don't like a particular skater, why watch videos of them and then post hateful comments on said videos? As I said, Patrick seems like a love/hate skater among fans.
So, THIS is where it all started for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d9LSJIzuQU
His exhibition that year was FABULOUS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQfSjgbRu7w
And now there’s THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka1KF4Y1HVM
I could go on, but I’ll stop there. Suffice it to say, I will forever be a fan of Patrick Chan’s skating. I hope he wins the OGM in Sochi!
Adelina is one of my favorite skater from last season.
I like her skating style and maturity on the ice. So I am glad to read this tweet.
I have been visiting this place and want to post something about Patrick.Welcome lea to the fest!
But my poor english makes it difficult. Anyway thanks !
Welcome to the fest, skatingfan4ever, where unabashed fans of Patrick Chan celebrate the man and his genius.
Like his skating skills, Patrick's artistry is sublime, best examplified by his Aranjuez program. La Boheme, while not hitting people over the head with emoting, is easier to experience. The choreography and the skating tell a story with different stages and emotions that Patrick brought to life on ice. Aranjuez, OTOH, is a program in which Patrick soared with the music and the evolving feelings. It is grand, it is refined, it is sophisticated, it is sublime. It takes the skills nobody else has to bring it to such level of performance.
Can you tell I love Patrick's Aranjuez? I find each of his programs quite distinct but all require both the skating skills and artistry of the highest levels to perform. The passion of POTO was overwhelming for me when he performed at the Canadian Nationals and at Worlds.
Still looking forward to the evolution and progress of his new programs to the ultimately amazing peak.
eta. lea, your English is as good as any of us. Don't be shy. We have read about similar comments from elite skaters on Patrick's skating as from Adelina, because he is the skaters' skater, highly appreciated and admired by those who really know skating.
Last edited by SkateFiguring; 11-06-2012 at 01:35 PM.
haha I like your posting skatingfan4ever. Agreed!
Sometimes It's really tough to be a fan of Patrick. So many haters and bashing things.
Honestly at first I didn't get Patrick's skating too.(on tv)
But I fell in love with Patrick's skating at the ice show where I went to see other skaters.
Many people say Chan's skating doesn't have a soul. But That day, His skating was full of soul! really.
It was a magic.
I found he is a lyrical skater.
About Chanflation and bashing..
mob psychology,mostly irrational,double standard etc.
They should be ashamed
Last edited by lea; 11-06-2012 at 04:34 PM.
Welcome Lea and SF4ever.
I feel really bad for those who have not seen him live. Its a totally different experience. December 14 I will be seeing him live again and look forward to it very much.
I hope he has a good outing in COR.At any rate I want him to make the GPF so he can skate in the Sochi arena.
SkateFiguring - Thanks for the welcome. Oh yes, I love Patrick's Aranjuez as well. I have loved each of his programs and they're never boring no matter how many times I watch them. I think La Boheme will grow on me, but I don't love it yet. I fell in love with Aranjuez right away. I look forward to seeing him grow into La Boheme.
lea - The tweet from Sotnikova is so sweet. I love it! Patrick is a skater's skater, that's for sure.
emdee - I hope to see Patrick live one day. I have my fingers crossed for a good COR result, although I sort of hope he's not perfect so he can be even more amazing at Nationals and Worlds. I will be so sad if he doesn't make the GPF.
On a side note, I think it's interesting that fans can sometimes be more mean to skaters when talking with other fans than skaters are to each other. Yes, they're all very competitive and want to win, but they also seem to respect one another and realize the talents of their competitors. In the small medal ceremony at Worlds last year, both Daisuke and Yuzuru said Patrick was one of their favorite skaters.
^ Cute pic !
Thanks loreley for taking the trouble to post these pictures here. Much appreciated. Indeed Alsu is a pretty young girl. I hope she will blossom as skater like the other young Russian ladies now before her.Originally Posted by loreley
Welcome skatingfan4ever and lea and happy to have you all join us Patrick fans here. lea, this is a Patrick fan thread not English test so don't worry about your English. Language skill is no barrier to sharing our appreciation of Patrick's skating skills.
skatingfan4ever, your favourites are my favourites too. Looking at Patrick's past and present skating competitions, one is taken on a journey of seeing a talented 17yo kid growing into a matured 21yo young man. One thing which I am continuously amazed is how he goes all out to take push the boundaries of skating even risking falling. For the critics, "if they can skate Patrick's program without falling and stumbling, I will give you my due respect."
Fingers crossed for PC this weekend.