Chan always has had a smart mouth. He really needs to learn a little humility.
^^^ Exactly. Chan's short program was excellent... but it was overscored.
I like Patrick Chan's skating but I'm not a uber fan. I actually favored javier to win before the competition. I guess I just feel it is wrong when people attack certain athlete as though they are criminal.
Patrick on the other hand should keep his mouth shut but I guess it is hard to do it when you are provoked to give an answer. S/S said something like "I guess we just did enough" when they won a world title with multiple mistakes.
What I am thinking?
Chan is a very naive person, who says whatever pops up in her month. He seriously needs some PR management which wouldn't cost him that much when compared with coaching fees.
On the other hand, if you have a controversial win, would you say "the other skater did better?"
If you say that, you are offending all the judges by saying "hey, you shouldn't give me the big marks", and next time, you are going to get hammered by the judges.
By saying "I deserve to win," he sends message to the judges that "hey, I am grateful that you gave me those marks and the marks are what I deserve"
In this regard, he is a smart person, because whatever we say here doesn't matter at all to his score. It is the judges that matter.
To be honest, under COP now, I would say Chan's win is not pretty but that is what COP can produce. So yes, his win on this one can be referring as "deserved". But this means only one thing: COP needs changes.
Chan in someone's eyes might be the greatest skaters ever, but to win a World title like that, it is just scandalous. No matter how great Chan is, that free skate is plain sloppy (and IMO his jumps even the clean ones are quite tight and heavy), and with that free skate he can still win means either his marks are not right, or the system itself is flawed. You can argue either way. (of course, if all the skaters were as bad, it is another matter)
Regarding Chan's comments, you can argue that he is lack of PR training. But how many years Chan has been put under spotlight now? Apparently he does not think what he said is inappropriate, probably he thought his interview is being funny and light-heart instead of being arrogant.
He probably regarded himself as one of the greatest skater and judging from the way he is getting his titles he has the right to think so. But really? He seldom delivers clean programs. Sure he could argue what he did on ice is extremely difficult. Bravo for him to try, but failure is failure, can he boast his technique while falling on the simple triple jumps all over the places? Yes, jump is not everything, but transition is also not everything.
What I am trying to say is, COP system is terribly flawed to have such results, and Chan should just say he got lucky this time and will try his best to make it right next time.
Chan deserved to win with the skating skills and technical arsenal that we know he has, but he did not deserve the World title based on the skills he showcased in that men's free skate. Judges need to judge on not what he is capable of, but what he actually puts out.