Did anyone else buy the programme booklet in Moscow? All of the articles were interesting to say the least. They were heavily biased; for example, Brian Joubert profile was glowing with phrases like "on the ice he has always been first and foremost a true man, a fighter and a knight." Now I like Joubert too but.....
Here is the translation of the one on Patrick Chan, I've kept in the errors as it is written:
It would be wrong to say that the skater had already attracted attention as a Junior. Even though the Canadian won the silver in 2007, the last time he participated in the World Junior Championships, he failed to deliver anything extraordinary.
Basically, the main reason people noticed him for the first time was not his skating, but his loose (according to older and more experienced skaters) tongue: as soon as Patrick started to challenge for good placements at the Senior level (he won 2009 Four Continents Championships and finished second at the World Championships in Los Angeles), he started to cliam more and more often that the moder figure skating is not about jumps.
By such statements Chan hit the sore point for many skaters from previous generations. The World Champion Brian Joubert who, as well as many others, was asked to comment on the Canadian skater's statement of the eve of the Vancouver Games was totally against.
In short, when the 20-year-old brat finished fifth at the Games and a month later at the World Championships in Turin lost to Japan's Daisuke Takahashi by more than ten points, there was no shortage of thinly veiled gloating allong the lines of "and where that Chan is now?"
However, in December Patrick convincingly won the ISU Grand Prix Final. It was not merely a victory: Chan became the only one out of the six participants to successfully land a quad in the free program. The moment fans of the Canadian skater had been dreaming of has finally arrivedatrick not only skated a flawless program, but he united in it everything that men's figure skating should be: the maximum difficulty, the excellent speed and the inspired interpretation. He received the highest score of the season: 259.75, nearly 20 points above his personal best of 239.52.
A bit later; however, Chan's record was bested by his perennial and the most serious rival: Takahashi. But this fact only adds intrigue to the last event of the season.
What are your thoughts on this?