Nicely said.Sure professordeb, it's always nice to hear that skaters get along. Like I said, I think most skaters do, as they know how difficult it is to be a figure skater and they share that experience. I get why what Patrick said means something to you. My reaction is not "awww...," but we're two different people. Of course, I'm not telling you not to have that reaction, simply stating that my reaction is different.
IMO, Patrick might be a steadier and an even more amazing skater today had the judges not decided to over-reward him on one too many occasions. It is what it is, and he can't do anything about it but continue to work hard and try to keep focusing on what he needs to do to challenge himself and to work out the kinks. The judges are always telling him, "You're pretty perfect, Patrick, and you have a huge margin for error." I personally don't think that's helpful for Patrick, but that's just my take. He seems quite a wonderful young man, and that's probably why other skaters like him. But I don't think these type of controversial scoring and wins do much for the sport, and it generates negativity toward Patrick which is unfair to him.
Skaters look at each other and understand that the scoring can sometimes be wacky and clueless, but they just shrug their shoulders because they have no voice. They all have to accept whatever the judges mete out. All the skaters respect Patrick for his very real and extraordinary talent, and for the amazing hardworking person that he is, and it's just truly a shame that his legacy as a skater has been tainted by these judging controversies and the necessity so many of his fans feel to justify some of the OTT scores.
Yu Na showed tonight what it truly means to win a World championship. Patrick showed what it meant, in 2011.
ETA: Sorry, should have also said this is my first time posting here. Long time lurker lol.