... and also 2 new quads (Salchow and flip).
Canadian Press article by Lori Ewing: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle4524866/
This Chan interview video includes a snippet from Chan's SP (his Rachmininoff "Elegie" exhibition turned into a SP): http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle4525358/Chan is coached by modern dance teacher Kathy Johnson, who had been assuming a larger role with the Canadian skating star last season. With Johnson, Chan said he’s able to take on more responsibility for his training.
Chan has also split with longtime choreographer Lori Nichol. His new short program, to music by Rachmaninoff [Elegie in E-flat minor], was choreographed by former world champion Jeff Buttle while David Wilson choreographed his long program, to Italian opera “La Boheme.”
“It was a good change after five years of working with Lori. We left on mutual terms, she’s always there to help me,” Chan said. “But I wanted to do this, and I thought this was the right time going into Sochi. I wanted to know that I could work with other choreographers, that it doesn’t have to be one singular recipe.”
Hamilton Spectator article on Chan by Steve Milton: http://www.thespec.com/sports/articl...his-repertoire
Toronto Star article on Chan by Joseph Hall: http://www.thestar.com/sports/figure...with-new-quads“Definitely it’s going to be higher,” Chan says of the technical level in Sochi. “Compared to Vancouver, for sure. We’re getting used to the new system and starting to push the envelope, building stamina to add a bit more to it.
“I can see some other skaters doing different quads than toe and Sal.”
And so he wants to be ready. He’ll do the flips and Salchows in practices on the Grand Prix circuit — a big step because judges and other skaters are watching every single move during those sessions, and you need to be confident and prepared with any new element — and, if he’s happy with the consistency, perhaps he’ll include one of the new quads in his free skate in January’s Canadian championships at Mississauga’s Hershey Centre.
And, if it goes well there, he could fire his technical shot across the bow at the world championships in London (that would be the Ontario one) in March.
Chan says he’ll continue to do the bulk of his training in Colorado this year, where he’s close to both the rink and the gym and far away from the culinary temptations of hometown Toronto.
“There are so many options of food in Toronto and it’s not necessarily the healthiest,” he says.
“I don’t have very good discipline for that.”
He also says he experiences a kind of Colorado high that Toronto doesn’t provide him.
“When I’m here it’s much more difficult to get in the rhythm of things, I somehow feel lazier when I’m in Toronto,” he says.
“It’s just a mental (thing). Some things you just can’t explain or control so I’d just rather stay in Colorado as much as I can.”