Yes, different words have different meanings.
If Lebron James can take it, so can Patrick Chan.
From the Japan Times (English language) article: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2...s-competition/
“It’s very frustrating to end the season like this,” said Chan. “We don’t really have a choice for this event. My reason for coming here was for the team.”
Chan implied that fatigue was a factor in his poor performance this night.
“I had such a great season with the world championships in Canada, and it is hard to travel all the way here,” he stated. “My body is just not happy competing at this time of year. I would prefer to be getting ready for the Olympics.”
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
b) I'd assert that if Chan made these comments before the competition, people would've interpreted them as "What, you were just gifted a bad world title and now you're complaining about competing in Japan - aka in front of a really appreciative audience that loves figure skating? Fine, then don't go - let someone else go."
Exactly. Other skaters get sympathy, but not Chan, because of how he's won in the past and comments he's made in the past. So it's not the comments themselves that are disreputable or unfair, but the speaker.Other skaters were just as tired as he was, and they would have gotten collective sympathy instead of Chan being singled out after a loss. His comments do get more attention because he has won 3 world titles, and some of his wins (in the last 3 years, including GPs) were not totally agreeable to fans. Again, it was not his fault that the judges gave him those marks, but it does draw attention every time he makes mistakes. If he learns to be more diplomatic in his public comments, he will be respected rather than resented.
Or am I just completely making that up. It happens sometimes
The tone of your post reeks of hate, so we know where you are coming from.
When Chan knew of the date is irrelevant. It does not mean he or any other skater has to like it. Likely many do not, but were never asked.
Some skaters are forced to attend. Pairs and Dance skaters have more reason to opt out, since their disciplines are not given equal value. The whole competition appears to be biased towards the Singles disciplines. An issue that appears to be corrected in the Olympic version of this event.
Last edited by rvi5; 04-13-2013 at 10:31 PM.
Patrick competed during the GP season, Canadian Natls and Worlds, not an overly taxing season. He knew the season included WTT in April. He had plenty of time to go thru a periodization cycle post Natls, ramping up for Worlds and then maintaining for WTT. I think he has bigger issues to resolve ....finding a competent technical coach. Ms Johnson may be his "horse whisperer". But he needs someone like Krall to get him back to a higher technical level with consistent training, as the current status quo doesn't seem to be working. Falling 3 times in the LP at Worlds.....disappointing for him ...and probably embarrassing as well. I think his complaint about the schedule is a reaction to his own disappointment in the quality and erratic nature of his skating this season. He is a full time athlete....doesn't attend university and does not work part time to fund his skating. I don't have much sympathy for him.
If Patrick's reason for participating in the WTT was "for the team", he could have shown a little more leadership as team captain. He looked, to me, like a Debbie Downer during the victory ceremony.
Last edited by algonquin; 04-14-2013 at 01:32 AM.
I don't see how he can be 'preparing for the Olympics' considering his SOI schedule and then a China tour. He's being well paid for his stint at WTT, and in light of his complaints about needing more funding, he should be grateful for the opportunity to earn $20,000+.
Again, the amount of competitions skaters do is so very low compared to many major sports. I was thinking about the NBA and how a few of their top players will not only play a 100 game season (usually 35-40 minutes of game time per night, which ends up being about 5 miles of running), but they will then go play for their country's National team after that, which adds several more weeks of competition
If they can do that, skaters can handle WTT. And for the most part, the skaters seem to be handling it and enjoying it. And as the event continues to gain a history and the word gets out about what a great experience it is for participants, more skaters should be motivated to take part in it. Sure, some skaters will experience a big letdown after Worlds and won't like when WTT takes place, but it's not like there would be no complaints if they moved it to before Worlds or before the GP series.
I don't dislike Patrick and think he's mainly just looking for some excuses to explain what was a rough season for him (despite winning the World title )
- Was he upset because Team Canada didn't get Gold?
- Was he disappointed in himself for his skating, and going up for a medal made him feel guilty that he let down the team? (not that he did)
- We know some skaters read these boards. If so, it is likely he is aware of the hate directed towards him when he skates poorly and medals. Could the award ceremony have reminded him of what may lay ahead? Critisizim of himself, or perhaps the team as a whole?
The point is, we can only guess at what was on his mind. Of course, the haters will always assume the worst.
Didn't there used to be a cheesefest competition after worlds?