There is a school of thought that says today's athletes are automatically better than the legends of the past, and tomorrow's will be even better. This is certainly true in sports that can be objectively measured -- records are broken each year.
To me, Patrick's charm is in his originality. He brought something new to ice skating. Plus he had a devil-may-care-but-I-don't attitude as befits his age and temperament. It is possible, though, that he peaked in 2011. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.