Patrick has always been reticent about revealing what he learned from Boitano but nonetheless keeps leaking it anyways. LOL.
He consulted Boitano exactly for the mind stuff. After the first two GP events last season, in which he debuted his quads and "famously" fell 4 times at each, Patrick was frustrated at such results when his quads were pretty much a sure thing in practice. He asked to speak with Boitano because of his Olympic win under the tremendous pressure. (No insult to Browning and Orser, the Canadian greats he was familiar with, but they didn't bring it like Boitano at the Olympics.) Boitano instinctively knew that Patrick was too worried and nervous about disappointing his supporters, the kind of pressure few really understood. Patrick has mentioned learning about proper breathing before, I assume for going into his quads and 3A. Then came GPF in Beijing and the rest is history.
In figure skating competitions, the mind is as important, if not more, than the skills and techniques. You can't win if you can't bring it at the right time. Ask a bunch of so-called headcases, who I'm sure are more frustrated with themselves than the critical fans.
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I just hope he doesn't peak too soon toward Sochi...I mean, it's still 2 years away...
However, the expectation is there for him to bring the first Men's Olympic Gold to Canada, not the least by his supporters in the Chinese community who organize and raise funds for him. Patrick I think is trying to keep his focus on each season as it comes so as not to stress himself out over Sochi.
Also, he is just 21, far from the peak age for a male skater. I don't see him striving too hard this year. It's just that he's so ahead and so talented that he still makes great progress. I say let's take it one year at a time like he does.
Heck I'm already nervous to think of Sochi, lol.
Yes, that's the impression I've gotten. Patrick has done a great job on his old, record-breaking SP from last year! He put more precise emotions into the program with his precise movement to enhance the IN, PE, and CH. The differences in his performances and interpretations between last year and this year were obvious to me. And he's maintained his technical difficulty. Simply amazing! If he could skate this SP like how he skated at 2012 Canadian Nationals, I'm sure he could break his own SP world record.The short “shows a bit of a lighter side of me,” he said. “Like more like who I am off the ice – very relaxed, very smiley all the time.” The free skate is “more mature, more serious,” he said. “It brings out a more emotional side.”
“if I put out what I put out every day in practice, if I put out the best program and if I stay on my feet, I’ll be hard to beat,” Chan added. “That’s all I have to concern myself with. I don’t have to concern myself with the other skaters. It’s all about me and focusing on what I need to do. … I have a lot of great momentum and motivation and confidence.”
For someone worrying about his peaking too early, you surly have very ambitious hopes for Patrick!
Records are made to be broken and they are always broken incrementally. That's is fun and goals for the athletes and for Patrick too if he can keep breaking his own records.
What's better, an astonishing record that stays a long time, or breaking one's own record a centimeter/.01 second/1 COP point at a time?
Well, either go big or go home right? LOL
I was looking at the Personal Bests, thanks to your "Hot Men" thread, the next highest was by Dai at 265 in 2008. If Chan can break another record (this year or in the future) at around 300, it may take awhile for another skater to break it.