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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    Doesn't Skate Canada provide hotel rooms for competitors?
    Then Skate Canada is either cheap or on a tight budget.

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    What about his luggage? Are you able to identify its contents?
    You mean his panty collection? Sorry, I'm not interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatinginbc View Post
    Then Skate Canada is either cheap or on a tight budget.
    how about both cheap and on a tight budget?

    The hotel room doesn't seem fancy, but at least serves the purpose - Patrick can even blow up his pants on his bed. You should check up the hotel room he and Bryce shared in Italy during 2010 worlds. They slept on twin size beds, and the European twin size bed is 1/5 narrower than North American standard. Wonder how they could manage to stay on bed at night and not fall off.

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    I wonder how basketball players find hotel rooms and more importantly beds that are right sized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    I wonder how basketball players find hotel rooms and more importantly beds that are right sized.
    yeah, wonder the same thing. But I am pretty sure such issue has been taken care of for NBA players.

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    I don't need to concern myself with those multimillionaires' problems.


    SkateBuzz' A Minute With Patrick Chan.

    I remember he went to that John Meyer concert with his girlfriend who had gone down to visit him. I wonder how the long distance relationship is going these days.

    eta a lesser fluff and a good read: Chan's in high gear again or a little more in depth in Canadian star Patrick Chan hopes string of men’s skating success continues

    I like it that he seems very relaxed in the videos and the pictures. Has anybody here watched his practice? Wonder if there is archived video.
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    I can't wait to see his Nationals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    Doesn't Skate Canada provide hotel rooms for competitors?

    What about his luggage? Are you able to identify its contents?

    eta: Welcome aboard, spikydurian. Aren't all durians spiky? And yummy!
    Thank you. Not everyone knows that durians are spiky and yummy. Sounds like we have at least two similar favourites Hey, what do you all think about the coming Worlds? HOpe Patrick gets his jumps firmed up on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkateFiguring View Post
    Doesn't Skate Canada provide hotel rooms for competitors?
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    Then Skate Canada is either cheap or on a tight budget.
    I don't know how Skate Canada does things, but I would guess it's similar to how USFS does.

    They reserve a block of rooms in an official host hotel, which competitors are encouraged to use. The competitors (or competitors' parents, in most cases) pay for their own rooms and other expenses. They also pay for their coaches' expenses. (And some coaches also want to be paid for all the lessons that they usually teach other skaters every week but will have to miss while they're out of town at the competition)

    Nationals and other domestic qualifying competitions are huge expenses for competitive skaters -- big money losing opportunities.

    There's no rule requiring competitors to stay in the official hotel. If they choose to save money by staying someplace cheaper, that's their option. It might be less convenient though.

    Of course placing well at Nationals is exactly what leads to international assignments (that are paid for by the federation) and/or funding. But you have to spend money for the privilege of trying to earn those opportunities.

    Of course a world champion, or even a national champion, receives funding from the federation that goes toward paying expenses. But the amount of direct funding would generally pale compared to the costs of achieving the results to qualify for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatinginbc View Post
    Then Skate Canada is either cheap or on a tight budget.
    The room looks very much like HolidayInn Express level. What do you think the athletes are? I think the room setting is good enough and serves the purpose well. Of course any skaters could choose living in a more luxury hotel and upgrade the room if they are willing to pay by themselves, like Lysacek has done in Vancouver Olympics.

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    The point is, at Olympics the rooms are paid for by the organizers; athletes can choose to stay elsewhere if they want to pay for themselves.

    Same for other international competitions, but then it's hotels and not a "village."

    At nationals all costs are paid by the competitors, not by the federation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    I don't know how Skate Canada does things, but I would guess it's similar to how USFS does.

    They reserve a block of rooms in an official host hotel, which competitors are encouraged to use. The competitors (or competitors' parents, in most cases) pay for their own rooms and other expenses. They also pay for their coaches' expenses. (And some coaches also want to be paid for all the lessons that they usually teach other skaters every week but will have to miss while they're out of town at the competition)
    Don't you think the coaches want to be paid even though they wouldn't miss any lessons to be given to other skaters? This is the time they could have spent with their family and done the housework.

    Figure skating is indeed money-losing business. That's why I try to watch as much as I can while it still exits!

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    Question: Since this thread is a fan fest, why haven't posters used the endearing nickname Chiddy yet? Patrick likes it, I think, as evidenced by the name tag on his special pants (You can read it when the video zoomed in to the tag).

    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebonnet View Post
    The room looks very much like HolidayInn Express level.
    OK, I was wrong and you are right. Neither Skate Canada is cheap nor Patrick Chan is thrifty and none of them are on a tight budget since Holiday Inn Express is a mid-priced hotel, intended to target the "upper economy" market segment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday_Inn_Express).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boeing787 View Post
    Don't you think the coaches want to be paid even though they wouldn't miss any lessons to be given to other skaters?
    Well, most coaches expect to be paid for the time they spend actually coaching the skater while at the competition. That might involve more than the time the skater is actually on the ice (practice and actual competition).

    The question is whether they ask the skater also to pay for any of their down time while at the competition venue -- time that would have been spent earning money if they were home with their other students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatinginbc View Post
    Question: Since this thread is a fan fest, why haven't posters used the endearing nickname Chiddy yet? Patrick likes it, I think, as evidenced by the name tag on his special pants (You can read it when the video zoomed in to the tag).
    To me, Chiddy doesn't sound good, reguardless whether Patrick likes it or not, as of Plushenko to Plushy, Plush, or Plu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    Well, most coaches expect to be paid for the time they spend actually coaching the skater while at the competition. That might involve more than the time the skater is actually on the ice (practice and actual competition).

    The question is whether they ask the skater also to pay for any of their down time while at the competition venue -- time that would have been spent earning money if they were home with their other students.
    I think the federation pays for the coach's traveling and accommodation expenses while accompanying the skater to competition. I think it's reasonable the coach should be compensated for the time involved in the competition, not just the actual time spent coaching/supporting the skate, but not in addition to missed earning at the home rink. I guess it should be one or another, either the coach is paid the full days involved or actual coaching plus missed work, whatever the agreement. If latter, hopefully the coach gets to use the down time for personal tasks or enjoyment.

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