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.