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.
VANCOUVER–Such is Patrick Chan's Olympic studliness that photographers were dispatched to the airport Monday afternoon to snap-document his arrival. And the poor Games rookie hasn't even laced up his skates yet. "It's almost surreal," Chan told reporters at the airport reception. "It's the first time I've been nervous coming off a plane because I knew what was coming up. It's really cool to be here." Read More....Read more
Toronto, Canada (Sports Network) - Canadians hope that Patrick Chan makes The Music of the Night when the country's top figure skater takes to the Pacific Coliseum in search of gold. The three-time national champion heads to the Vancouver Winter Games with the weight of the country on his shoulders. Read More...Read more
Forget about the expectations and the pressures of performing on home soil. Or that no other Canadian male before him has won an Olympic gold medal in figure skating. Or the burden of being fresh off a calf injury that had him side-lined for the Grand Prix season. Disregard the fact he's adopted a new coach, Lori Nichols, to replace Don Laws mere weeks before Olympic kick off. Read More...Read more
Patrick Chan, Canada's youngest national figure skating champion and World Silver Medalist, appears in his first fashion photo shoot when he is featured in the iconic Harry Rosen advertising campaign nationally the week of Monday, February 8th. "We are thrilled to feature an athlete of Patrick's calibre in our campaign this season as he embodies the values and ideals of confidence and leadership that we promote," stated Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc. "We salute Patrick for his hard work and determination and wish him luck as he continues to represent our country. Patrick's incomparable...Read more