Trying to be in Chan’s league is not a bad way to climb the ladder. But McLeod isn’t sure it’s the best way.
“Aiming at one individual is not a good thing,” she said. “A lot of people like Patrick. A lot like Daisuke, a lot like Yuzuru ... people talk about Javier (Fernandez of Spain) and his quads — they’re all good, and they’re all in that Rat Pack of excellence. And Kevin’s capable of competing with that Rat Pack.”
Can he ever beat Chan? It depends. Even the best still need to deliver on the day.
“I don’t narrow it down in the moment, because I think it goes against you,” McLeod said. “I think if you’re on the podium at worlds, it’s expected of you to say that you want to be world champion or Olympic champion. But until you get there, I think those goals need to be kept within your heart and your intelligence, because once you spill it out, there’s that expectation ball bouncing in front of you.
“But I’ve always, right from juvenile, felt Kevin could be what he is right now, and more.”