I'm sure Chan's parents value education highly. I think Chan will go to university and get some degree after Sochi. Skating won't be everything in his life any more.
If Patrick could train in Canada, he could afford to go to University now as originally intended. However, since he found his ideal training situation in Colorado, he finds himself unable to pay for both the training and the American tuition. In fact, he needs to do shows in the summer, or else, I imagine, maybe some combination classroom and online lessons may be arranged with a Canadian University. Right now he is being tutored in preparation, focusing on Mandarin Chinese. I don't think he wants to postpone his higher education for too long.
I agree. But I aslo think he will still do some shows after retirement, otherwsie it's going to be a waste for his talent and a huge loss for his fans.
Last edited by Boeing787; 01-26-2012 at 05:09 PM.
I agree. I also thought doing a combo after that toe tapping was really ambitious.
I should clarify that I meant not to practice the alternate scenario on purpose. It's important to keep the correct mindset and muscle memory but if he misses the quad combo in practice then it's a perfect time to practice the contingency plan. I'm sure Oda must have turned the 4T into 3T in practice before so I wonder why he didn't learn to do a proper combo after, as he seemed to become aware of his mistake long after he had finished skating and was sitting at the K&C.
Patrick Chan looks to expand horizons with Lou Marsh Award
1. He wants to raise the sport of figure skating and its profile. The award helps.
2. He is inclined to reset the game at some point and start a new sport, maybe varsity/collegiate. This fits in with the education plan. (Didn't I say he liked challenges?)
3. He is hit hard by the death of Sarah Burke. I've been sad about it too but haven't related this to Patrick.
Some nice pictures from the Think First fundraiser:
Roots and ThinkFirst Joint Forces!
And news Video Skating for a cause
Some interview and SP footage in Moncton local news:
Patrick Chan wins fifth Canadian figure skating title in Moncton
And he celebrated Chinese New Year with the Liberals in a fundraising gala. Click for photos.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 01-26-2012 at 09:19 PM.
I'm bringing this from the Dai vs Pat thread:
The new quad is an on going process he has started, to be implemented when he is comfortable and confident enough to include in his LP in competition, which may be anytime during the season. There were reasons he kept one of his programs each of the last two years. 2009 was shortened due to injury so POTO had not been used much and he didn't feel he had done it justice. Well, he did it justice by the end of 2010-11 season. Then with a postponed Worlds in 2011, the summer was very short, especially with shows he was doing in Asia. There was hardly time for a new LP, so the SP was kept. If this is going to be a normal summer, developing two new programs is quite doable, especially after the experience of this season.Originally Posted by Boeing787
Aranjuez may turn out to be an Olympic worthy masterpiece so it's good to save it as an option. OTOH, Lori may be so inspired by Patrick's skating skills that her creativity is stimulated to come up with ever greater programs. So there would be new options. Best to keep all options open, right? I'm sure new adjustments will be made if an old program is recycled, just as POTO evolved over the season.
You have convinced me he might do two brand new porgrams next season. As long as I still have chance to see Aranjuez again, I am ok with he storing it for one year.