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    Patrick Chan article in Maclean's magazine

    http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/01/12/fire-and-nice/
    Boitano offered a new definition of focus, advising Chan to concentrate on “being conscious through the whole program.” Think about the footwork, breathing, the jump sequence, it doesn’t really matter—the key is to always stay in the moment, choosing hyper-consciousness over unconsciousness. For Chan, that nugget—and some other advice he prefers to keep to himself—provided the same type of epiphany as the counsel to put less arm into his quad. “I had to find another way to force my technique, force my mind to do it properly, even through the times where I didn’t feel well,” he says. The plan is for him and Boitano to keep chatting on a regular basis in the buildup to the Worlds. “I still don’t believe in a shrink,” says Chan. “They haven’t been in our situation, on the ice standing in front of thousands of people. They don’t understand.”

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    Who needs a shrink when you have Brian Boitano!

    Sorry , but that quote just reminded me of this.

    What would Brian Boitano do
    If he was here right now,
    He'd make a plan
    And he'd follow through,
    That's what Brian Boitano'd do.

    When Brian Boitano was in the olympics,
    Skating for the gold,
    He did two Salchows and a triple lutz,
    While wearing a blind fold.

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    This is a pretty good description of the mens event in 2010 and its just a paragraph!

    Chan had won major competitions before without the jump, relying on his accomplished footwork, spins and high presentation scores. At the Olympics, American Evan Lysacek even won a gold with only triples, and flawless routines that played to the sport’s newish judging system, defeating Russian quad machine Evgeni Plushenko. But there remains a strong belief—among many fans, athletes and coaches—that four complete rotations in the air is what sets the men apart from the boys. (“More feathers, head-flinging and so-called step sequences done at walking speed—that’s what the system wants,” Elvis Stojko, Canada’s three-time World Champion, and a charter member of the quad-squad, fumed in Vancouver. “I’m going to watch hockey, where athletes are allowed to push the envelope. A real sport.”)

    Chan, whose fifth-place Olympic finish was also a target of the Stojko broadside—given that he didn’t even attempt a quad—maintains he wasn’t phased by the criticism, but admits being part of the elite club changes one’s perspective. “The quad is so nerve-racking, so high-risk, but there’s a big payoff,” he says. “I can really see both sides of the argument now.”

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    Thanks for posting the link - it was an interesting read.
    Am I the only one who breathed a sigh of relief after reading it that he didn't say anything in here that is going to lead to outrage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    Am I the only one who breathed a sigh of relief after reading it that he didn't say anything in here that is going to lead to outrage?
    Nope.
    Bloom where you're planted. Hillary Clinton

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    Thanks for posting the link - it was an interesting read.
    Am I the only one who breathed a sigh of relief after reading it that he didn't say anything in here that is going to lead to outrage?
    Most definitely not. It was a well done article giving considerably more insight that the usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    Am I the only one who breathed a sigh of relief after reading it that he didn't say anything in here that is going to lead to outrage?
    Nope, but there are the uber haters who are going to find something to complain about, regardless.

    With that said, I find his comment about the disbelief with shrinks to be a little narrow-minded.

    I'm excited to see how he will fair at the upcoming nats - most importantly whether he'll go clean in both programs (especially landing the second triple axel in the long).

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    I breathed a sigh of relief that he is no longer thinking about quitting. He has so much potential!

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    Interesting to know that he's getting along with Boitano. Does he work as an adviser for other N.American athletes?

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