Wha yuh mean? The man still de deh? Him jus neva go WC! Simple as dat..LOL...
I'd just like to say, while I dislike Patrick Chan for his constant splats and don't agree with the kind of judging he gave birth to, it's not like all his titles were bogus. I think he deserved 2012. Yeah, splat on the double axel was and the judges' scores were comically huge. And no idea how he got those "interpretation timing" scores when he was so off-beat he got a time deduction. But Takahashi--whose skating I love--had his own share of mistakes plus no second quad in his free skate. I find it more disturbing that the judges placed Takahashi below Hanyu in the free skate. That was probably the judges showing Takahashi the door by that point.
I agree 2013 was ridiculous. Ridiculous SP score and sloppy free skate. I find Denis Ten very boring but he was the better skater that night.
As for PChan, I think people are too harsh on him. Aside from not good with his mouth, he is a decent guy and an excellent skater. A clean PChan still has chances for lots of gold out there. The field is so much boring without a strong skater like him. I hope he will go back and be clean.
Yeah, Dai's PCS score in 2012 was pretty sad. I thought it was a beautiful skate that he sold the heck out of. Had no problems with the music and I don't think that should be a huge factor in judging unless it ruins the skate.
I don't hold much hope that Chan will return to skate clean. If he can't be clean during his prime, I doubt an aging Patrick will be any better. (Yeah, he's 23 and relatively injury-free, but that's already old in figure skating. Just check the ages of past OGMs.) This is probably why I don't want him to return. If the judges keep saving him, people will only hate him more (and it's not fair to other skaters); if they decide to discard him, then he's going to have trouble winning anything barring the rest of the field melting down.
I mean, once the judge give out the PCS barrier, they hardly ever take it back. Heck, even Machida and Javi get 90 PCS for their free skate (which I could never understand), there would be no way that PChan could be lower.
The problem is his mentality, I think. He should get a new coach, one that helps him with his jumps. And a more difficult program layout. He can do that, but does he want to, it's an entire different matter.
Of course he'll get monster PCS if he skates clean, even if he chooses borderline unlistenable music and skates it totally absent-minded. I just can't see him being able to skate clean consistently enough to take advantage of his competitors' mistakes.
The triple axel's going to continue being his nemesis. He got away with it when no one else was doing two quads, but now Hanyu's got two quads (though he falls on the salchow most of the time) and two triple axel combinations in the second half. Unless there's some rule change that limits how much backloading you can do (to stop Hanyu's "base score is so high I win even if I mess up" strategy), as well as greater punishment for falls (so Hanyu either stops doing the salchow or can lose to Patrick if he falls on it)... Even then, it hinges on Patrick skating clean.
Not sure if he can increase the difficulty of his skates. He was struggling with the free program as it was. He only has one kind of quad (though this is okay if Hanyu continues being inconsistent with the salchow), has the most inconsistent triple axel for a top skater since Lambiel, and was still doing double axels at the end of skates (and sometimes misses those). It would take a phenomenal amount of work, late in his athletic career, to increase difficulty. And since he's taking a break rather than getting to work right away, that doesn't seem to be what he wants to do.
Well, it might be harder for him since Hanyu is practicing 4 loop, even 4 axel... and so do other youngsters. Of course they are still inconsistent but at this rate, I think PChan should have a new quad before Hanyu perfect his 4S and 4 loop next season.
He'd better come back right away next season. Because if the skips a season, the judges might not give him a monstrous PCS anymore.