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    Can Patrick Chan cope with the pressure of Olympic favouritism?

    New article entitled: "Brian Orser offers advice to Canadian figure skating star Patrick Chan leading into Sochi Olympics." It reads:-

    And now, 25 years later, Orser is asked if he might have any advice to offer his compatriot Patrick Chan, who has spoken at length in recent months about how much pressure he's feeling leading up to the Sochi Games. Like Orser in 1988, Chan is hoping to bring Canada the first gold medal in men's singles skating at an Olympic Games. No fewer than 14 times Canadian men have won at the world championships -- including Orser and Chan -- but none have managed to win Olympic gold. Being a defending three-time world champ, the pressure on Chan is building as the Sochi Games get closer and closer.

    "You can't shy away from the Olympics and what it means and how big it is," said Orser. "And you can't run and hide. You need to face it, and face it daily. You can't pretend (the pressure) is not there and think it's 'just another competition.' Because a lot of people take that attitude that, 'Yeah, it's just another run-through' and then you get to the Olympics and then it's 'Oh my gosh.' And it becomes overwhelming."
    So can Patrick Chan handle the pressure of being favourite for the Olympic title? Will he come through it with ease like Kim Yu-Na? Or will the Olympic title prove to be as elusive as it was for Michelle Kwan?

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    I truly believe that had Orser NOT been at home in 88, he'd not have popped his jump and I think he may have even won the title... he knew what pressure at an Olympics was like, but not one at home...

    Can Chan handle it? I don't know that I've ever seen him handle pressure well, period. He's good at talking big, but he doesn't exude calmness to me watching at home. So it will be interesting.

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    [QUOTE=Tonichelle;777279]I truly believe that had Orser NOT been at home in 88, he'd not have popped his jump and I think he may have even won the title... he knew what pressure at an Olympics was like, but not one at home...

    Agree with you on the pressure for Orser. But if I recall correctly, I thought the "difference" came when Brian stepped out of the landing of his triple flip towards the end of the program. I simply cannot remember Orser ever "popping" a jump come to think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    I truly believe that had Orser NOT been at home in 88, he'd not have popped his jump and I think he may have even won the title... he knew what pressure at an Olympics was like, but not one at home...

    Agree with you on the pressure for Orser. But if I recall correctly, I thought the "difference" came when Brian stepped out of the landing of his triple flip towards the end of the program. I simply cannot remember Orser ever "popping" a jump come to think of it.
    you're correct, not sure why I typed popping... meant step out, I promise! LOL

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    Also, Boitano did two triple Axels, IIRC.

    I have confidence in Chan. The other guys are under pressure, too. Chan has his strong basic skating skills to fall back on, even if he makes a mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Also, Boitano did two triple Axels, IIRC.

    I have confidence in Chan. The other guys are under pressure, too. Chan has his strong basic skating skills to fall back on, even if he makes a mistake.
    Orser had a second planned IIRC the story correctly but went with a 2A instead.


    It would be interesting. Evan killed the "curse" of the Reigning World Champion not winning the Olympics... Chan could be the first Canadian guy to win Gold...

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    I am a HUGE fan of Patrick's skating. To me, he did not look comfortable or calm at all last season, and it became a question of "Which mistakes will he make in this program?" But this season, with a long program that he enjoys more, he can hopefully be more relaxed on the ice. I don't think the question in the thread title can be fully answered until after Skate Canada. Fingers crossed, though, that this season will be better than last season. PLEASE, skate gods, let the men's competitive results be non-controversial this season! If Patrick wins the OGM, I want it to be earned with the skate of his life (and I'm sure that's what he wants too). I think Patrick should focus on skating his best and then the results will fall where they may.

    I really hope Patrick can manage the tremendous pressure that he feels and skate better than last season. Best wishes to him for a satisfying season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Also, Boitano did two triple Axels, IIRC.

    I have confidence in Chan. The other guys are under pressure, too. Chan has his strong basic skating skills to fall back on, even if he makes a mistake.
    Multiple quads, high levels, and good transitions are a lot to ask for. We saw a lot of top level skaters implode late last season because of how demanding these new programs and training regiments were. Patrick has about a year's headstart on his competitors for skating post-Vancouver COP programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    Also, Boitano did two triple Axels, IIRC.

    I have confidence in Chan. The other guys are under pressure, too. Chan has his strong basic skating skills to fall back on, even if he makes a mistake.
    IA. Chan can definitely win if he calms his nerves & gets into his zone -- easy to say of course. But the field is deep & anything can happen.

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