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    News Chan feeling like figure skating 'underdog'

    The 22-year-old from Toronto will be aiming for his third consecutive world figure skating title this month, but has talked about feeling like an “underdog” for the first time in awhile.

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    I've always said that it was easy for him to compete, despite he made some mistakes, he could win.. Was a huge advantage. After this season, he knows if he makes mistakes he won't win. But I wish him the best.

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    I think it's healthy for Chan to feel like a bit of an underdog. It will make him work smarter (I don't think he can work any harder than he's obviously been doing). It's good that it's happening this year and not next. At Worlds and then next year at Sochi, if we're all lucky, he and all the other men will skate better than they've ever skated before, and each competition will be one for the ages. Then it almost won't matter which skater wins--like 1996 Worlds, where Michelle Kwan and Chen Lu outdid each other in such splendid style, or 1998 at Calgary, where the two Brians made skating history. Or the 1992 Albertville ice dance competition, when any of the top three could have been stood at the top of the podium and it would have been equally fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    I've always said that it was easy for him to compete, despite he made some mistakes, he could win.. Was a huge advantage. After this season, he knows if he makes mistakes he won't win. But I wish him the best.
    I'm not sure I agree with this or even understand it. Patrick has made mistakes in the past and not won. It's only been in the last couple of years that no one was really challenging him. Yes he can make a mistake or two but his presentation scores usually make up for it. That's figure skating.

    But I agree with Olympia, it's not a bad thing to go into a big competition feeling like the underdog. It's good not to let that edge soften......(and I don't mean edge on the ice - altho that's not good either)

    But Patrick still has youth on his side, he's injury-free, he's working harder than ever, and if he skates well I don't think there is anybody who can beat him. Anybody!

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    Welcome to Detroit, Patrick! We're glad to have you!

    Stick around and we'll put up a banner for you right next to Tara's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noskates View Post
    I'm not sure I agree with this or even understand it. Patrick has made mistakes in the past and not won. It's only been in the last couple of years that no one was really challenging him. Yes he can make a mistake or two but his presentation scores usually make up for it. That's figure skating.

    But I agree with Olympia, it's not a bad thing to go into a big competition feeling like the underdog. It's good not to let that edge soften......(and I don't mean edge on the ice - altho that's not good either)

    But Patrick still has youth on his side, he's injury-free, he's working harder than ever, and if he skates well I don't think there is anybody who can beat him. Anybody!
    This year he leaves too much on the table in terms of points compared to the rest. I can't imagine him winning. While I agree feeling like the underdog helps him this year, that's because he almost is.
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    Patrick better think about getting a real coach next season too. Especially a tech coach who can work with him on his jumps. A modern dance teacher is out of her element with something like that.
    Last edited by Jammers; 03-02-2013 at 01:38 PM.

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    Seems such an explicit effort to make the point that he is not receiving any coaching from anyone other than his current coach. Seems strange to not event get some consultation from some pure skaters and fine coaches such as Yuka Sato.. I mean, why not?

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    Chan is no underdog, but I understand what he's trying to say and his status is a lot more vulnerable this time around, I would agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noskates View Post
    I'm not sure I agree with this or even understand it. Patrick has made mistakes in the past and not won. It's only been in the last couple of years that no one was really challenging him. Yes he can make a mistake or two but his presentation scores usually make up for it. That's figure skating.

    But I agree with Olympia, it's not a bad thing to go into a big competition feeling like the underdog. It's good not to let that edge soften......(and I don't mean edge on the ice - altho that's not good either)

    But Patrick still has youth on his side, he's injury-free, he's working harder than ever, and if he skates well I don't think there is anybody who can beat him. Anybody!
    I remember his face at GPF...He was surprised by the final result... I don' want to start a debate, but in my opinion, who fall two or three times, it's not too artistic. The fall spoils the artistic impression.
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    He's running scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    I remember his face at GPF...He was surprised by the final result... I don' want to start a debate, but in my opinion, who fall two or three times, it's not too artistic. The fall spoils the artistic impression.
    It's worth mentioning that this Grand Prix season, he hasn't fallen a lot. He fell once at the GPF and once at Skate Canada. It's just now that he's making those costly mistakes that he wasn't in the past, and his success forced the field to up their game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    Patrick better think about getting a real coach next season too. Especially a tech coach who can work with him on his jumps. A modern dance teacher is out of her element with something like that.
    No way he is leaving the dance coach, he is dating her daughter

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    Its unfortunate that an area that should be all business with chan is now so wrapped up in his personal life.

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    "he's entering a whole new "kiss and cry" area


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