EV: You are just about the only skater who manages to perform the hardest jump without skating across the ice rink but from the steps. Whose idea was it to choreograph the programme so unexpectedly?
PC: My first coach's - Osborne Colson (he died in 2006 aged 90). When I just started skating in his group Colson forbade me doing any jumps for the first 2-3 weeks. He wanted to see what can I do on my legs.
I was doing various steps, learning the new ones, improved the balance, kept the high speed during the steps, payed alot of attention to the edges, invented new step combinations. I can now say that if it wasn't for mr. Colson I would never find out what can I do with the blade.
Those trainings were a great base. The older and the more experienced I become, the more coaches and choreographers worked with me - the more solid the base becomes. The jumps are only part of it.
EV: Do you think of your late coach much?
PC: Before going to Russia I spent a weekend in Toronto. While waiting for the next flight I went to a cemetery where he is buried. I sat there for a while and talked to him. I loved talking to him when he was alive and I remember how he would mumble `A day will come when an Asian skater will become a champion'. He never mentioned my name, but it was easy to guess whom he meant. It's so weird t o recall now. He died 5 years ago, yet all he predicted came true.