Rod Black, who will call the play-by-play for Olympic figure skating on CTV in Vancouver beginning with the pairs event on Sunday, says he believes Toronto'sPatrick Chan has what it takes to become the greatest Canadian male skater of all time. "I always thought that Kurt Browning, he was the best skater I've ever seen," Black told CTVOlympics.ca, "Elvis Stojko was the best competitor. But I see Patrick Chan, I see a hybrid. A Browning/Stojko. He has the possibility to be the greatest Canadian men's skater ever, and he's only 19." Read More...Read more
Monthly Archives: February 2010
Canadian gold medal figure skating hopeful Patrick Chan spoke to the international media Wednesday for the first time since arriving in Vancouver for the Winter Games and maintained he's less nervous now that he's here. The 19-year-old Chan of Toronto was a world silver medallist last year and is considered among the favourites for the men's singles gold along with 2006 Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, 2009 world champion Evan Lysacek and teammate Jeremy Abbott, both of the U.S.; former world champion Brian Joubert of France; Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan. “I...Read more
VANCOUVER–The irrepressible and blithely un-circumspect Patrick Chan is never short on entertainment zing on or off the ice. This is the Canadian men's figure skating champion making a casual observation on so banal a subject as how he enjoyed recent high altitude training in Colorado Springs. "I love it. Every day is blue skies and sunshine, whereas Toronto is cloudy and depressing.'' Read More...Read more
Red Mittens, Check! Olympic Scarf, Check! Marc by Marc Olympic Tee-Shirt, Check! Yeah, I'm super excited that the Olympics are fast approaching. Anyone else super excited that the greatest event of the year is starting? Talked to Patty on monday when he arrived. He informed me that the weather is warm, that he's all settled and he's SO EXCITED to be there! Thanks to everyone who helped make his Olympic dream come true! Looking back, it's really cool to just remember just how he started as a young kid to where he is now. I remember...Read more
Let's make one thing perfectly clear. Canadian skater Patrick Chan will NOT be heading into the Vancouver Olympics with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Just the weight of 33 million Canadians. "You can't blow this being the home Games out of proportion," Chan said recently. "So you kind of downplay it and be comfortable with your situation at the Olympics." Easier said than done. The pressure Chan will be under is tremendous: A teenager, competing at a home Olympics, in a marquee event, in a discipline that has never been won by a Canadian athlete.