Mao is one of the biggest female stars in Japan and also is extremely well known in Korea as well. I doubt Patrick in Canada is anywhere close to her status.
I remember during the last World Cup (soccer), the US channels and commentators were talking up the US team, saying that they had a good chance to advance - ask any soccer fan and they would have told you otherwise. The commentators were just trying to build some interest for the team, get the US citizens interested, and hopefully get more viewers.
Judging for skating is obsure enough that a casual fan has no idea if Kozuka's SS are similar or not to Chan's. Ask different commentators and you'll likely get different responses.
What Olympic favoritism for Patrick? The Olympics will be held in Russia, so favoritism may go their way...just saying.
p.s. Hope you didn't cry too much or pull your hair out too hard when Chan won yet again (and by a landslide, at that).
Any event in which a skater wins by a landslide is by definition one in which most of the skaters gave subpar performances. As such, it is disappointing regardless of who the winner is. Of course, that disappointment can be countered if one happens to like the winner (I'm sure Plushenko fans shed no tears about the meh men's event in Torino 2006, for instance). But for fans in general, while hair pulling is not indicated, it is not what one hopes for.p.s. Hope you didn't cry too much or pull your hair out too hard when Chan won yet again (and by a landslide, at that).
Did you know that GS's fanfest section pretty much started because it was impossible to have any reasonable discussion about Patrick Chan in the general threads, thus necessitating fan-specific ones? For some reason he brings out the worst in people on both sides of the debate. My approach these days is supreme indifference, BTW. I'd rather watch the ladies than the men.