At the Japan Open nearly two weeks ago, Patrick Chan was unmotivated and unsure, and not entirely committed to a pair of new programs.
It showed as the 21-year-old from Toronto fell four times in a performance he says was a "slap in the face."
"Japan Open woke me up in a way and smacked me into what I need to do to do well during the season," Chan said a on a conference call Wednesday, a week before he travels to Windsor for the Skate Canada International competition
The two-time world champion spent the long flight home from Japan thinking about where competition went awry, and came the conclusion that his shaky competition may go down as the best thing that happened to him this season.
"It's early in the season but my turning point of my season was Japan Open," Chan said. "I kind of woke up and came back and really wanted to work hard, was really motivated to do my programs and run my sections and get the jumps more consistent and just give myself more confidence."
"Hopefully people see that. I find myself, I don't lose my temper as much on the ice, on practice, I really take time to think about what I need for myself to do well," Chan said. "That's definitely something you have to experience, you have to go through the ups and downs, you can't just pick it up. . . someone can't teach you that.
"It's a sign of maturity and being a veteran of figure skating, which is really cool," he added with a laugh. "I never thought I'd be mature enough to be where I am."