I don't think Chan will win the gold medal, but the pressure of expectation will have little to do with that.
I have no idea. He has coped so well at 2011 Worlds, but has been having trouble for tunnel vision at competitions most of the time.
Until the results are known, there is no answer to this question. Judgements will be passed accordingly then.
I believe Patrick's jump success or failure is a mental rather than technical issue. He still does all his jumps very well but sometimes some of the fail him. He has not lost a particular jump. As well, he depends a lot on the rhythm and breathing into a jump and Lori Nichol was the one who knew him and his skating best. Patrick and his new choreographers has taken time to build the synergy. He took the two years between his first Worlds title and the next Olympics to explore and focus on particular aspects of his skating. Now, saying that the Olympic season is not the time to experiment, they have chosen comfortable programs to showcase what he does best.
I see Patrick's progress has always been based on a plan with the Olympic Gold Medal in mind and he has the luxury to have and to execute such a strategy. That is a good thing, whether or not it puts more pressure on him.
Hopefully not. Don't want to see him win the Olympic Gold. Being gifted 2 additional World titles he never deserved is already bad enough.
Well said. Who knows? The ice is slippery. There are a handful of favourites, not just Chan although I think if he skates well, he will definitely podium.Originally Posted by Skatefiguring
It is far more relaxing to be the recipient of Olympic favoritism than to be someone who isn't. He has it nicely if you ask me.
I don't agree. Olympic favoritism means that reporters will be down your neck at all times at the Games, which can be very disruptive of your preparation process . Brian Orser did not deal well with this pressure, and even Kurt Browning faltered under it. So did Debi Thomas, and Midori Ito found the expectations quite crushing. Sometimes it is better to be a bit under the radar, like Liz Manley.
Patrick Chan has the advantage that this is not his first Olympics, though.
I think that at this point, not having a coach is a much bigger issue than pressure.
Perhap more than Orser, the fact that the Cricket Club is a private club, so reporters can't just wander around willy nilly was a help?
And yes, Chan's coachlessness can be a problem. It certainly didn't help Michelle Kwan.