Anyway, the funny thing about Chan's comments is that he was humming and hawing about whether to compete after 2010. If he were in the Chinese system he wouldn't be allowed to retire until after the 2022 Olympic Games like poor old Chenjing Li!
Just noticed the Globe & Mail article is the #1 most popular story on their website.
Last edited by Rafter; 12-08-2011 at 02:55 PM.
I don't think the original article is confusing. He said what he said. If you don't like the guy you are going to read it in the way that supports your opinion. If you love the guy you will read it in the way that supports your opinion.
If you don't hate him or love him you will see it for what it is.
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But he really could phrase things better and the fact is he wouldn't be Patrick Chan if he grew up in the Chinese sports system as many mentioned he might not even be a skater.
I blame though the older people in his life for not teaching him about filters earlier because I suspect his words may not help his cause. This is in many ways on the Canadian federation who didn't put a filter on Chan a lot sooner.
Nothing riles up the home crowd more than daring to suggest something somewhere else might be better. Most of the feedback want him on a slow boat to China.Figure skating world champion Patrick Chan has startled the skate world with remarks in an interview slamming Canada for its attitude toward skaters and reflecting on whether he could skate for China.
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Han Suyin? How melodramatic !!
Trapped Between Two Worlds, Starring Patrick Chan and ______________(insert name of b/c-list actress here, preferably Canadian)
Is it true that he's not getting props like Stojko and Browning? Isn't their medal count on the national and international scene a little higher than his?
Oh well. I don't dislike the guy. I'm not offended as a Canadian by the original interview (Globe and Mail sensationalist crap aside). I love the way he skates and wish him all the best this weekend. May those panties fly
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I think I'm going to wait for clarification from Patrick before I pass judgement. This interview was conducted a while ago and with an international journalist. These very well could be taken out of context, I can't honestly think he's bitter about representing Canada.
That being said, yes he has made some comments in the past, but I've met him and he's quite down to earth and friendly. He could be speaking about his parents heritage, and so of course he would wonder what it's like to compete for China, again though, when he's the face of the organization (along with V/M of course), I think there is a certain standard to which he is upheld and rightly so, this doesn't help that when he is opently musing about competing for another country and feeling unappreciated in Canada.
Though what I think Patrick is maybe still a bit young, to realize that skating in Canada isn't what it used to be. The skating fans here absolutely adore Patrick and appreciate him. But skating here just doesn't fill up arenas like it used to in the early to mid 90's. These days when we can get arena with 6,000 people and up that's considered a success, back in the days of Browning and Stojko arenas with 10,000 + were consistent and skaters were treated like rockstars, so I can understand him being envious. However, when the last of these skaters retired, and the judging system changed, alot of casual fans just walked away because their favorites weren't competing anymore and they didn't (and still don't) understand the way COP works. I know that's the case with my mom and a lot of other skating fans I know.
I do think there is a bit of naievity in those comments of course, but I'm going to wait and get clarification from him before I pass judgement on the remarks.
I can't imagine Skate Canada is too happy right now, actually my guess is they're probably fuming at the moment.
So, yes, if everything had gone exactly according to a fantasy plan: he knew he wanted to skate, he was chosen by the Chinese skating people, he managed to work with a coach who taught him superior edges and glide, he got input into his music and good choreography from an early age, he excelled and thrived in the system, etc. etc., it would have been cheaper for his parents.
For someone as smart as he is, Chan can be so dumb.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Chan has to know that skating isn't as popular now compared to the Browning and Stojko days. Also those guys won multiple world titles whereas Chan only has one.
It's true that the Chinese-Canadian community has done a lot of fundraising for Chan but I seem to recall that before the Olympic season, Paul Godrey or some other Canadian businessman did a big fundraiser in Toronto for Chan that netted him $60K or something (there was an article in Macleans about it). He also has a McDonalds deal and appeared in ads for Harry Rosen (high end mens retailer in Canada) and was supported by B210. So it's not like he hasn't received any support outside of the Chinese-Cdn community.
The unfortunate thing for Chan is that these comments (whether mis-quoted or not) will probably affect his sponsorship opportunities leading up to 2014.
His parents financial outlay wasn't only for skating. He atteneded the elite private The Toronto French School for high school (an perhaps before). That's big $$ in itself. And definitely a choice as there are French immersion public schools around the city.
Agree about this affecting his sponsorship future. How many Canadian companies will want to take a chance on an athlete - however successful - who says he may just disregard his citizenship and go compete for another country?
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I think it's all much ado about nothing. The journalist who wrote the Globe & Mail article is a right shit-stirring hack.
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