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.
I wonder how basketball players find hotel rooms and more importantly beds that are right sized.
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.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 01-19-2012 at 10:54 PM.
I can't wait to see his Nationals!
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.
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.
Figure skating is indeed money-losing business. That's why I try to watch as much as I can while it still exits!
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).
Last edited by skatinginbc; 01-20-2012 at 12:01 PM.
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.