As I talked to the young talent, face to face, I realise that I can communicating with a very smart intelligent person, from a very supportive family. I actually went to his father's ancestral village in southern China (where Chan senior set sail, at age 5, for far away Canada) and got a reply from the village/township official to confirm Chan senior's identity and heritage record in that village. It is disappointing for Patrick that he did not have time to visit his father's ancestral village, and be received with all pomp and circumstance, by the folks at the village.But the officials did tell me, that they will receive Patrick and his family, with open arms, whenever they decide to visit them in the future. The former US ambassador to China, Mr. Lok, incidentally, comes from the same county that Chan senior came from, and Lok visit was much publicised and recorded in the Chinese media, when he visited his ancestral homeland 2 years ago.
Well, Canada is not short on men's World Champs, unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the way you look at it, Patrick is just a continuation of the Canadian greats, starting in modern period, with Jackson, Browning, Orser, Stojko....... each of them getting 3 or 4 championships, in separate seasons. HIs status, is by no means unique. But in other parts of the world, he is or has been unique,adored and emulated constantly. I watched in interest as the Chinese up and coming men's single hopeful Yan, besides saying that Patrick was his hero, he actually introduced one of Patrick's heel clicking moves in his own Olympic program!
As to why Patrick hired Johnson, I was also surprised too, when learnt of that fact, but without going into family/private dormain, I can only surmise, that finances was the main reason, for Patrick's mom mentioned to me, that to nurture a skating talent, you need to spend millions, and that's not Japanese yen currency. She told me that when I expressed interest in lettng my 3 year old daughter start figure skating training, in local rinks. Without divulging any privacy, I can also remember that I was told that Patrick's learning period of the quad and its perfection, was done with great difficulty, lots of falls and tumbles, with the former female head coach in Colorado Springs working with him, after the Vancouver Olympics, and that according to the source, that Patrick's quad perfection also was done with input from the modern dance coach, Kathy Johnson, who introduced newer modern dance technique and muscle usage to Patrick's quad movements, and according to the source, convinced them that Kathy alone can replace all knowledgeable skating coaching staff.
But on hindsight, it was the same problem with lay non-skating outsiders, family members included, who judged and made vital and pivotal decisions, in lieu of expert professional opinion in the decision process. Well, Michelle Kwan, Kim Yuna were the predecessors of the Patrick experience, and Michelle never got an Olympic gold either, Yuna was lucky, she got one coaching under Orser, in Vancouver, but since returning home to her native childhood coaches, she was second the Russin Sonitkova in Sochii. They probably all believed that they were so great, they were unbeatable, and others would never catch up to them in time. But, of course, they were dead wrong!