Chan preps for title defense in Calgary, Detroit
'Rough' season prompts skater to retool, regroup, refocus
The lengthy article is based on a 30-minute media call.
For the past two weeks, Chan has been working at DSC -- strictly with his own coach Kathy Johnson -- and he will remain there for another week. Chan has been staying with Weaver/Poje (thus the fun photo of the threesome that W/P tweeted last week).
After Canadian nationals, Chan had spent a week with his trainer in Calgary, revamping his whole off-ice training program.
From there, Chan traveled to Toronto to work with choreographers Jeff Buttle and David Wilson on his programs, including a short to Rachmaninoff and free to music from La Boheme.
"We changed the patterns and even the order of some of the jumps," Chan said. "I felt I was struggling, mostly in the long program. [The changes] make it easier to be consistent with the elements."
The 22-year-old and his coach, Kathy Johnson, arrived in Detroit two weeks ago to prepare for the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, beginning March 10.
"I really wanted to stay in the same time zone as where the world championships in London would be," Chan told reporters on a teleconference Friday.
"The best place I could train, the most competitive and friendly and [with a] positive environment, where I would be with other skaters, was DSC ...."
Depending on how he feels after the 2013 World Championships, he may make the move to DSC permanent.
"It's hard to say right now," he said. "I love it here. I am really happy with [the other] skaters. I am sitting in the lobby, and there are tons of skaters here: Elladj, the pairs skater, Narumi [Takahashi]. We're laughing a lot, cracking a lot of jokes.
"In another way, it's hard to make the decision final. I am settled in Colorado, and I made the decision to buy a house. I will make the decision after worlds. I have to talk to Kathy, to Skate Canada, and see what is best for me. Next year is all about the Olympics. ... I want to make a decision that will [help me] skate my best at Olympics, with no weight on my shoulders."