A little bit off topic here, but after watching that video of Plushenko, I was looked for other videos and found this:
Apparently he was a replacement at the 1998 Worlds, where he medaled (bronze) at his debut. His SP was to Concerto de Aranjuez, and the commentators provided a bit of insight into Plushenko's life at the time. Wow, Mishin did a lot for Plushenko - he paid for his airline ticket to Worlds as a back-up when the Russian Federation did not. And Plushenko wanted to win competitions 'cause his family was very poor at the time, and Mishin had to pay their rent.
Anyways, sorry back to the topic. I'll like to see Patrick skate to Tango de Roxanne!
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Bolero? The greatest surely belong to Torvill and Dean? Although I must admit Plushenko is simply incredible.
Patrick need to stay away from pretty soft classical music if he really want to improve his artistry. Go for something more original, something he can call his own and stay away from someone else tried and tested music (aka cliched classical 101 greatest hits!). IMO, he has yet to produce a truly stunning signature program that people will pay to go and see, despite they are well scored performances. This is something he'd need as a 2 times world champion who's now probably after popularity (for sponsorships) more than prestige now. He is an astute student of figure skating, graduated top of the class, but he need to consider what skating means to him personally, even take a few risks here and there, experimenting and to have fun.
Something with a bit more originality, creativity, fully realized conceptual themes that goes beyond the surface of costumes. Something with greater variance in the emotional tones and risk of highs and lows, that can generate wild fan fare, raucousness that makes far great impression beyond the technical.
'Less is More' can be the highest form of artistic realization (love the Elegie in E Flat Minor by Buttle) , but there must be 'more' to begin with and in my opinion we haven't seen enough of the 'more' from Patrick Chan yet.