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    Nice article on Balde.

    We saw quite a bit of their camaraderie at Skate Canada practices.
    Why the heck dont I lose any weight when I eat Quinoa....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emdee View Post
    It was our Ozzie friend Spiky who said this!
    Oops, of course it was! Sorry.

    I laughed about the quinoa too. I can't imagine cooking it differently makes you lose weight, but what do I know....

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    I'm going to guess it was more about the amount he was eating. Quinoa expands so much when cooked (properly) and while I can't say I'll ever test the theory, perhaps that also makes it more filling. If Balde was eating as much in one day as Chan was eating in a week, that's quite the calorie intake, cooked or not!

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    Just got a tweet back from Skate Canada COS - Patrick is not skating in Thornhill, he has a bye (which we knew). So that retailer is just using his name on the roster to try and boost their contest.

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    We can sleep in then, after being up all night watching NHK on live stream. I note, by the by, that's being broadcast on Japan TV -channel 829 on Rogers. which we Canadians can probably get for $2.98 from our internet provider. It doesn't seem to be live though- rather a rebroadcast in prime time. But it does look like the whole event as opposed to the CBC highlights.

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    Thanks Corianna.
    I will keep that in mind for the Grand Prix Final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emdee View Post
    What you say sounds correct. Are you going as the photographer?

    I will be away on holiday so wont be able to attend in any event.
    Not this year, I wasn't asked. I don't think they're having a photographer this year because sectionals is often not a profitable comp for vendors.

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    Corianna,
    Dont feel guilty.... we need something to discuss in our down time between competitions.....
    we just live for watching him skate, re-looking at his programs or discussing his appearances.
    Ah.. well spoken, Emdee. Patrick brought us together and I am grateful to have known you all. It is an ‘interesting’ journey with Patrick particularly last season. I hope to meet up with some of you some day in the future. One can hope can’t we? Looking forward to Emdee’s visit to Down Under and hoping to meet up with ali_dorate in Japan.

    Now that is a good topic of discussion.
    I am coming round to this point of view after seeing the tremendous improvement in him. I do hope and pray that he has a jumps coach as well to give him some confidence in his 3A as well.
    Even now LT is gone from GS ( privately know as Lets Bitch) there are others who wield the knife and give it a twist constantly!
    I am an optimist and am sure there is/are someone keeping an eye on his technical skills. Based on his interviews, it is obvious he didn’t really train much last season due to crowded skating rink and other reasons. But that’s over and done with. He’s happy with his new environment and skate at Skate Canada so one can assume he’s on track with his training plan and goals. Our Patrick is a ‘big boy’ now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckiest1 View Post
    ETA: New article on Elladj Balde that has Patrick mentions and quotes.
    Speaking of nourishment, my eye doesn't perceive Patrick any thinner than he was last season and I think his body is maturing nicely. But I am a little concerned though that The Four Seasons might be too physically demanding even for a well trained athlete like Chan. He really ran out of steam during the second half of his choreographic sequence, he was even grimacing because of the effort he was making to carry the program through the end and his final spin combination was all over the place. Patrick said he has a few breathing points in his LP but I can only see one and it's not like he was just stroking around the rink doing nothing with his blade and his body at that point in the performance. Hopefully his stamina will improve as the season progresses.

    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    I am an optimist and am sure there is/are someone keeping an eye on his technical skills.
    If Chan makes mistakes on the jumps because he doesn't have a technical coach, you have to wonder why most of the other skaters who do work with technical coaches every day aren't any more consistent than Patrick. Maybe those skaters would actually need two or more technical coaches in their respective teams to fix their issues?

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    [QUOTE=VarBar;4042764]Speaking of nourishment, my eye doesn't perceive Patrick any thinner than he was last season and I think his body is maturing nicely. But I am a little concerned though that The Four Seasons might be too physically demanding even for a well trained athlete like Chan. He really ran out of steam during the second half of his choreographic sequence, he was even grimacing because of the effort he was making to carry the program through the end and his final spin combination was all over the place. Patrick said he has a few breathing points in his LP but I can only see one and it's not like he was just stroking around the rink doing nothing with his blade and his body at that point in the performance. Hopefully his stamina will improve as the season progresses.
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    Regarding his thinness: when we saw him at Thornhill he was only 8 feet away from us. His face was gaunt and body looked really thin. He didnt smile he looked exhausted and depressed at the end. People were waiting for autographs but he just kept talking to Kathy and then was escorted from the rink to the dressing room. At Skate Canada he appeared to be a different person. Relaxed, Happy, joking around even smiling at us when he did his practices. The Patrick we know and love. Seeing him at Skate Canada a couple of times only 10 feet away his cheeks have filled out and his body looks strong and well muscled.

    Having lost the rarefied air advantage of salt lake. his training will have to give him stamina. At one point of the program at Skate Canada he looked to me that he was about to collapse but then he got a bit of a second win and then his ending was off with that spin.

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    Next week is going to tell us a lot, and I can feel my nerves building already. I agree with Emdee, that he did look truly stressed at Thornhill, and was far more exhausted at the end there than he was at SC. He referred to the programme as a mountain to climb- and he's much further along at this point, though still a ways from the top. Overall, I'd say he was pleased with his progress, so we can be too. Except of course, we like fussing over him... and since we're at a safe distance, we can indulge ourselves. It was a delight to see him happy, relaxed, and confident. I've replayed the interview with Jeff a couple of times just to hear the giggles and see the smile.

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    Article about the Chan/Colson relationhip, from after Osbourne Colson's death:

    http://www.thestar.com/sports/skatin...dd_couple.html

    Recent article:

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/11/01...osborne-colson

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    ^^^ Thanks skatesindreams. I hope Patrick will be able to fulfil his final promise to Mr Colson. This legendary man will always be part of Patrick – and Patrick’s incredible skating skills will always be known as the ‘labour of love and belief’ from Mr Colson.

    I like the way we fuss around Patrick …..because we care. I hope he hears our ‘worries and support’. Yes, besides his 3A (to make it works on the day it counts) he should be aware that his demanding program needs him to be in tip top physical condition in order to execute everything well. His program is impossible to complete without will and skill. He certainly was struggling to complete it because his last spin was ‘all over the place’.

    Bringing Balde’s article here again together with a past article on Max Aaron. A Patrick fan from GS, Skatefiguring, mentioned some time ago that there was a trend that whoever trains with Patrick tend to improve and do better than before. (Besides Balde and Max, I think the other skater was retired Ryan Bradley). I find SF’s comment interesting in hindsight because it is proven to be true to some extent. Of course, Balde and Max have the determination and skills to learn and succeed too. I find both Max and Balde’s comments regarding their training with Patrick heart-warming. It is heartening to know that they are respectful of each other despite competing against each other. Such peer respect in sports seem to be diminishing by the day and over taken by the attitude, win at all costs. Look at how players turned on each other in the field followed suit by some fans.

    Happy to see the positive synergy from Balde’s loveable personality and Patrick’s respect towards his training mate/s. Go guys!
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    Loved reading that old article about the 16 year old Patrick. Thanks skatesindreams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikydurian View Post
    ^^^ Thanks skatesindreams. I

    Bringing Balde’s article here again together with a past article on Max Aaron. A Patrick fan from GS, Skatefiguring, mentioned some time ago that there was a trend that whoever trains with Patrick tend to improve and do better than before. (Besides Balde and Max, I think the other skater was retired Ryan Bradley). I find SF’s comment interesting in hindsight because it is proven to be true to some extent. Of course, Balde and Max have the determination and skills to learn and succeed too. I find both Max and Balde’s comments regarding their training with Patrick heart-warming. It is heartening to know that they are respectful of each other despite competing against each other. Such peer respect in sports seem to be diminishing by the day and over taken by the attitude, win at all costs. Look at how players turned on each other in the field followed suit by some fans.
    Heh. I noticed that trend as well. First Bradley came from nowhere to win Nationals, and then Aaron did the same two years later. It bodes well for Abbott's chances this year.

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    Next week is going to tell us a lot, and I can feel my nerves building already.
    Try to stay calm, Corianna.

    I just hope Patrick will keep a positive attitude for TEB and enjoy competing there like he did at Skate Canada where he didn't seem to particularly care about results. He actually says in a post-SP interview that he is approaching his first competitions this season as just stages in his preparation for next year's Olympics and is focusing on the performance side of his long program and building energy rather than completing all his jumps, so it doesn't really matter that much to him if he wins or loses in the GP series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VarBar View Post
    Try to stay calm, Corianna.

    I just hope Patrick will keep a positive attitude for TEB and enjoy competing there like he did at Skate Canada where he didn't seem to particularly care about results. He actually says in a post-SP interview that he is approaching his first competitions this season as just stages in his preparation for next year's Olympics and is focusing on the performance side of his long program and building energy rather than completing all his jumps, so it doesn't really matter that much to him if he wins or loses in the GP series.
    I try to do some 'mental chanting' in order to calm my nerves, Corianna. So far, it works quite well. It helps to keep my mind focussed on the positive rather than let my nerves get the better of me. It's like counting sheep. I may not be able to watch TEB live streaming as the competition starts at odd hours over my end so maybe.... I can stay away from the 'mental chanting' this weekend.

    I think that is the way to go, VarBar. When one is focussed too much on 'winning', everything falls apart when it things go wrong (not to say that he shouldn't aim to win which is not true since the sacrifices and training all these four years lead to Sochi). The process is more important than the goal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aglee
    Heh. I noticed that trend as well. First Bradley came from nowhere to win Nationals, and then Aaron did the same two years later. It bodes well for Abbott's chances this year.
    I too hope Abbot does well in the U.S. Nationals and get to go to Sochi. The U.S. Nationals for men looks like a dog fight as the top few all have something to offer. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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    In case anyone missed this picture of moustaches, Patrick tweeted it on Monday and said he was going to shave prior to TEB:

    http://t.co/KQIrdawVES


    Ha ha, so cute. I can't wait for this weekend.

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    Ohmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    I don't know why, but I'm not stressing this time.

    A couple of men's practice reports from @Balbeska_k on Twitter:

    Patrik LP practice 4T, 3A, 3F+1Lo+3S, 4T+3T, 3A, 2A #TEB2013

    Yuzuru LP practice 3S, 4, 1A, 1A, 3+3T, 3T+2Trippon, 4T #TEB2013

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