03-18-2013, 10:20 AM
I was thrilled to be there. Patrick was very classy, admitted that it wasn't whathe wanted and apologized. But then thanked the fans for lifting him. What more can he say? And yes, there will be tons of hating and attacking when Sochi happens so I'm going to stay away from the haters and hang out with the ubers. Much more fun! I wonder if this kind of thing is as extreme amongst bobsled or snowboarding fans!
03-18-2013, 01:54 PM
Stopping by to Congratulate Patrick on his 3rd World Title! Impressive!
03-19-2013, 02:30 AM
Cannot believe another season has ended. I know Patrick's free didn't go how he wanted but take a look at his beautiful free in practice. Men's practice tue group 3 at 20min http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/29925350.
Congrats to all medalists.
03-19-2013, 03:12 AM
03-19-2013, 07:36 AM
Oh thanks for showing us this!
Originally Posted by figuristka
03-19-2013, 08:13 AM
It's geoblocked in Australia, figuristka.
03-20-2013, 04:06 AM
Shame a Patrick fan couldn't upload it. Iam not good at those things.
Originally Posted by spikydurian
Your welcome Scrufflet.
03-20-2013, 08:40 AM
03-20-2013, 11:23 AM
One does not simply skate into Sochi
Yes, congratulations to Patrick Chan! I think this year, he absolutely and without a doubt deserved the title. I have other favourites, but I felt horrible for him when he began to make those mistakes in his long. You could see how bad he himself felt about it afterwards. Fans can be a bit harsh, but I cannot understand how anyone can deny that he derved his win here - as if the fantastic sp and the amazing quads never happened. Do people really have such a bad short time memory? I enjoyed his programs this year - he will keep them, right?
03-21-2013, 04:19 AM
I don't think we can change the haters' mindset. I do believe these people just had too much venom in themselves that they need to spit as they see fit. PJ Kwong is right. Figure skating is not a club sport. Figure skaters are not paid by clubs to skate. Their parents foot the bills. They don't owe the audience a living to subject themselves to that extreme abuse. Although I am a Patrick, never once do I think he owes me a living to skate the way I want him too. I am a fan because I admire his skating skills. People forget that without these skaters, there won't be figure skating competitions. No reasonable parent will encourage their children to take up a sport if they deem abuse and rough play is common.
Originally Posted by Scrufflet
I think Patrick truly appreciates the crowd's support and understanding. I am sure he badly want to do the best but we all know ice is slippery and however good we are, we cannot be absolutely sure that we will NEVER make mistakes.
Interesting. Is verbal abuse common among bobsled and snowboarding fans?
03-21-2013, 11:01 AM
Thanks, spikeydurian. Good to know that there are kindred spirits here!
Originally Posted by spikydurian
03-21-2013, 01:22 PM
I've had neither time nor proclivity to read all the opportunistic trashing in the expected Chan bashing frenzy. I can't spare my energy for such negative distractions these days. I knew Patrick would win but not how. Certainly this is not his or my preferred way of winning but it's a rightful win nonetheless.
As soon as Patrick's face was shown close-up before the LP, I sensed an unease and not the confident focus I'd like to see. But as he landed two gorgeous quads right off the top, I thought he would do really well after all. Then the shocking fall on one of his best jumps really threw him off for the rest of the program. At an event of poor performances by all top Men, Denis Ten stole the show and Patrick won on his SP and those 3 beautiful quads. Congrats to both and of course to Fernandez. Both Denis and Javier won Worlds medals for the first time for their countries, making this event remarkable and memorable after all.
Through observation I will stay with my opinion that Patrick's problems this year are not technical, particularly on his jumps, but mental as well choreography related. I still hope his Olympic program(s) will be choreographed by Lori Nichol and believe he will find his balance this coming season and rise in his up wave to Sochi.
I even think he will stay after next year's Olympics, dominating the sport until all the detractors are shut up.
03-21-2013, 03:13 PM
Ui, ui... Patrick wants to keep his Sp for next season und will have a new long. I thought it was exactly the other way! Which piece will it be?!? Has he mentioned earlier what his favorite pieces used to be?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWI0JUa4Ls0 (It is an interview with PJ )
03-21-2013, 06:09 PM
Oh I hope he sticks around, but I wouldn't blame him for leaving, what with everything that's transpired since worlds. I'd feel bad for any skater to have to deal with this kind of hatred. These kids and young adults are not the million dollar athletes of football, baseball, hockey and basketball.
Originally Posted by SkateFiguring
03-21-2013, 08:55 PM
“Our blade takes us in the most amazing places.”
I share your sentiments. There are currently at least THREE threads that are almost entirely dedicated to how "awful" Patrick is as a person and/or skater. Scott Moir got one recently too. I don't mind the critiques of Patrick's skating or even the judging quite as much, but commenting on his media comments just seems like overkill to me. I'm not a fan of Plushenko and never have been, but I hardly care about his media comments (certainly never enough to post hateful comments about him on the internet). My attitude has always been to let the skating do the talking and the results will fall where they may. Seriously, do people really feel such a need to dissect everything a skater says and does? Besides various separate threads, there are the competition threads themselves which are also full of venom. I wouldn't mind Patrick retiring from competitive skating after Sochi just so people will have less reason to constantly hate him. After he retires, the haters will (hopefully) learn to ignore him while we ubers are left to find and enjoy every show program in peace.
Originally Posted by SGrand