Certainly, the thought that Mr Colson believed in him, would have been an added impetus to continue after Vancouver when he did consider quitting. I would think it is not an easy decision. Four years of family support and hard work just for the medals. Patrick, you know Mr Colson would be proud of you. I hope Patrick will pass on his skating skills and knowledge to the younger generation just like Mr Colson passed on his skills to little Patrick then.
Thanks Proustable for reminding us of Patrick's wonderful programs. I have been watching them over and over again. My next hobby project will be to put together my favourite skaters' programs in individual disks (thanks to you-tube). Sometimes, I feel sad knowing that the likelihood that he will retire from competition after Sochi is high. I only started following Patrick in 2010 after discovering him on you-tube (figure skating seems non-existent in Australia). I do feel like that I have watched him grow from a kid to a young man with a lovely girlfriend. Every skater brings with them something special. Patrick brought with him his incredible skating skills, his gorgeous smile and his open, affable personality. He may not be a sexy pin-up boy, but he is, IMO, a mother's dream for her daughter.