Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hello!

Well I'm sorry I haven't updated for a while, I've been quite busy travelling and when I come home I'm quite exhausted. Anyways, I arrived home in Toronto on monday and I have been here since. Well since I've got come back I've been busy with a few interviews to promote the upcoming Olympic games. It was long, but in the end it was definitely worth it since I had great people around me and it made it all very fun. Now I just came back from the Grand Prix Final in Seoul, Korea on monday and it was one of the longest trips I've taken. But I thankfully don't have anymore competitions overseas, since from the national championships onwards I'll only be travelling within North America. This also means I won't have to struggle with long flights as well as the big time difference from home. Even though I'm speaking of this, I actually didn't have much of a problem going to Korea and it had nothing to do with the way I skated. I unfortunately didn't have the best skate and there isn't anything I can blame it on. All I know is that we all have bad days and good days, I'm just glad it happened at this competition and not at the world championships. Or even at the Olympics! One thing I was happy about was that I kept fighting through the competition until the last moment of my program. And in the end, like a friend once told me, regret it and forget it. I already got what I wanted so far this season by winning both my international Grand Prix competitions. I look forward to the National Championships in Saskatoon since it's always a confidence and motivational booster for me. There are many more competitions to be won and I look forward to it! Wish you all the best and thanks for visiting my website.

Patrick
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Hello!
Well I think my blog was due for an update and inform my friends on what is going on with me right now. Well today I left from Orlando to go to Toronto, and I have just arrived home after about a month of training in Florida. Skating has been quite uneventful and consistent which, in my opinion, is a good thing! I've been going through both my programs everyday, to keep my cardio in good shape. I also met with my trainer 3 times a week to strengthen more specific areas of my body. For the past month we had actually worked on a lot of balance exercises and I even worked in socks instead of shoes 90% of the time. My feet got quite sore but I really felt a difference on the ice, I had much more balance then I ever had. Anyways, I'm looking forward to Skate Canada and I'm quite excited as well to show everyone my new programs! Hope you will all be watching on TV and watching all of our canadian skaters!! All the best. Thanks for visiting my website :)

Patrick
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hi!
Well I'm finally home in Toronto for a couple of days. I'm actually going to vancouver for the national camp then right back to Florida to begin preparing for the Skate Canada grand prix. I spent a total of 9 weeks in Florida over the summer, so I'm quite glad I finally came home. I actually also started school again. I'm doing two online courses for the first semester of the school (because that's the busiest time of the season), I will be then going back to school in Toronto for the second half of the school year. I have been seeing Lori Nichol (my choreographer) for the last couple of days to polish both my programs. We actually changed quite a few details, but all for the good. It's quite funny because I realize then when I start getting comfortable with the program, things have to be changed so I end up having to retrain the program. But I really don't mind at all because the changes really improve the program and make it much more exciting! Anyways, also while I was in Florida I was able to land a few quad toes in practice. Unfortunately they're not very consistent and neither are they landed everyday. In time the quad will come, so I'm not very worried. I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day! Luckily the consistency of both my triple axels in the program is getting higher and I'm getting quite comfortable with it. So I'm not too bummed out over the quad. Well, that is it! I think... I shall update you again as always. Wish you all the very best and thanks for visiting my website! Please continue to visit once in a while.

All the best,
Patrick
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hello!

Well I'm into my second month in Florida and I've been back from
Liberty for a couple of weeks. I, unfortunately, didn't skate my best,
but it was still all worth while. I learned what I had to work on more
in my new programs. I finished third in the short program and first in
the long program. Finishing on the podium definitely made me feel much
better. Anyways my programs are now much better and much better
trained. Of course I've been regularly practicing the second triple
axel in the program and it's coming along very well. In fact I've been
able to land them in the program more and more often. I've also been
working on my quad toe regularly everyday, I try and push myself to do
at least 5 of them everyday. Some days it's closer then other days,
there a bit cheated but on one foot. I think as long as I keep doing
them everyday it will only be a matter of time. I haven't discussed
with Mr. Laws (my coach) about having it in my long program yet, I
think our main concern is to get the second triple axel as good as the
first. I hope I haven't disappointed anyone for being (once again)
slow on the update after Liberty. I hope you are all enjoying you're
summer as much as I am (without school!) All the best and thanks for
visiting my website :D

Patrick

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Hi everyone!
Well I'm sorry I haven't blogged in a while, I was quite hung up in
exams. The competitive season had taken a lot of time away from my
school, so i had to catch up in work and prepare for exams. Finally
things have calmed down a little so now i can focus on training. I
left for Florida on friday the 4th of July. Both programs are ready
for training as well, Lori and I have spent some time polishing the
program. Of course, it's still a work in progress with probably
another polishing session with Lori when I come back from Florida. I
had also learned a few weeks ago which international grand prix's I
will be attending. I will be heading to Ottawa for Skate Canada and in
Paris for the third time for the Troph√© √Čric Bombard.
Once again I visited the elementary school that has "adopted me". The
school has done so much for me to help me along the way to the
Olympics. I also visited my first elementary school who surprised me by naming they're gymnasium under
my name. The kids also worked together to make a mosaic of me skating!
All i can say is that I was in complete shock. I was honored and told
them that such acts of gratitude help me work harder and motivate me
through those hard days at skating. So I was glad to have made the two
trips to the schools that day.
I will be training to prepare for the Liberty competition, mid July.
I'm a bit worried since I only have a little more then two weeks to
train both my new programs. But it is also good since it will push me
to work harder. I will most likely update you all after the
competition. Once again I'm sorry for making you wait for my update on
the blog. Take care and thank you for visiting my website!

Patrick

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hi everyone!

Well I thought it was time to update the blog and tell you all a little bit about myself. I've just returned from a show in Korea called "Festa on Ice" with Yuna-Kim. I really enjoyed the show very much and I wish to return to Korea very soon. The fans were phenomenal and, I believe, made all of the skaters job much easier when It came to performance. I've never experienced such great response from the crowd, it'll be quite hard to beat. The country itself was great, I thought. For some reason the country didn't feel foreign to me and I was quite comfortable. Though, maybe it was because I was only doing a show and not a competition.
My new programs are coming along quite well. The short program is just about finished, Lori and I only need to make some finishing touches. We haven't started the long program yet, but I very much look forward to starting it. I'm actually looking forward to the training of my programs, since I haven't done much "in season" training. So lately I feel a bit lazy, which is the main reason why I look forward to running threw both new programs as soon as possible.
Schools is almost finished, which means that I will be leaving for Florida, once again, for the summer. Don came down to Toronto before I left for Korea. He had come down for a seminar, that we attended together, in Burlington, Ontario. He didn't have time to look after me everyday since I had been working with Lori on the programs, but he still taught me a bit. I wasn't too concerned since I will be seeing him very soon in a few weeks. So I will speak to you all soon and once again thanks so much for visiting my website and supporting my dream! Take care and all the best.

Patrick
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Hello everyone!

Well summer is almost here, hope you all had a great winter season. I'm just keeping you posted on what is happening with me right now, since the season is pretty much over now. Well I've been attending a few shows lately, three so far. One in Quebec city, Aurora and just finished a Markham show this past weekend. I have a few more coming up and in may I'm heading to Korea for a big show.
As for programs it seems I will be getting two new programs. The short program didn't get the feedback we wanted from the judges unfortunately. We are still searching for a new long program piece, I haven't found exactly what I wanted. Other exciting news is that I have now started practicing my quad toe again and have been going very well. I've been landing them quarter turn cheated and I've just started again so its just a matter of time I hope to get it clean. Last of all, I would like to thank those who have made some donations to help me along the way. I always believe that the fans are just as important as a skaters pair of skates. A lot of athletes would not be where they are without supporters such as you. So thanks fans! And I will speak to you all soon. Take care and enjoy the spring season!

Patrick Chan
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hi everyone!

Well I have just landed in Toronto from my trip to worlds in Sweden. Quite exhausted from the trip since it was a very long competition; I arrived on a friday and didn't compete until the following friday.
I have to say that the whole competition was very successful for Canada. One silver medal, one bronze and one gold! I was very happy for the whole team and we were a great team. At the closing banquet the ISU officials announced and congratulated skate canada because we were the team with the most success during the week! So I felt very proud and happy that I had the privilege to be part of such a great year and team.
I was very happy with my overall performance, though there are things that I wish I had done better. I was pleased with the way my short program went since I had to skate after Brian Joubert, which isn't always easy. As for my long, I made mistakes that really weren't necessary. So I was a bit more disappointed with the long program. I doubled my triple lutz, which is usually no problem for me when practicing the program. I fell on my second triple axel, which I told you about before I left for sweden. Finally I added a double toe to my triple salchow, which wasn't planned, and so that meant I added another combination. My second triple axel was still counted as a combination, even though I fell. Because I added the fourth combination, the jumps didn't count at all (triple salchow double toe). All in all I was still pleased with myself, and like I said before, these world championships were just a learning experience for the future.
I will be doing a few local shows right now, so I will be back at skating in a day or two. I will keep all of you informed in a few weeks, with shows that I will be doing and any new programs that I will be getting! It is likely that I will be getting a new long program, though I don't know what music yet. But Lori will once again choreographe the program. Anyways take good care of yourselves and thank you for visiting my website!

Patrick Chan
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Friday, February 29, 2008

Hello everyone!

I'm sorry I haven't wrote on the blog for quite a while, I've been quite busy running errands before I leave for the world championships.
Skating has been going well, been spending allot of time on both programs. Me and Lori have made changes to both the short and long program. In the long we have added the second triple axel, it hasn't been the easiest change. I realized that adding a triple axel isn't like adding any other triple, but it hasn't discouraged me. I continue to go threw my program and push myself to attempt the second triple axel, and hopefully it will slowly become more natural.
In the short program we have changed the order of my elements. The reason why is because I found it was quite difficult to do my last triple lutz after my death drop; my right leg began to fatigue which made my triple lutz a bit risky. So now my triple lutz is right after the circular footwork, the death drop is now the last spin. Anyways I will not spoil the program since you will all see it very soon.
I went to Florida last weekend to see my coach (Don Laws), I mainly went for an interview that the skating club organized. I was really happy to be there, especially because of the warm weather which Toronto is really missing. But I was especially happy to be there since I got to catch up with Don and really spend valuable time with him.
Don will be coming up to Toronto in about a week or so to look after me before we leave for Sweden. We are both going to leave from Toronto in about two weeks. I will update my blog when I arrive in Sweden as soon as I can. I look forward to writing to you all again. I would also like to say thank you very much to those who have written and responded on my website. I cannot express how much I appreciate seeing people visiting my website. I owe It all to the fans, you help keep figure skating alive! I hope to meet you all one day very soon. I wish you all the very best. Talk to you very soon.

Patrick Chan
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hello!

Well my coach has come down from Florida to see me. It's been quite rough for the past couple of days, especially at the beginning of this week. Luckily I've slowly started to get back under myself and getting back into shape.
Now I have been seeing Lori (my choreographer) for the past couple days and we've been hard at work with both programs. In the short were looking through the program and making sure that were not leaving any points on the table because at worlds the short program will be essential.
In the long program we have added a second triple axel. Unfortunetly it doesn't seem as easy as it sounds; we can't just add another jump. One extra jump will change the whole program: the choreography, the elements and the timing of the whole program.
Keep in mind I always take allot of time to get familiar with changes. So you can imagine how frustrating it must of been for me at the beginning of all of this.
But fortunetly I worked on both programs over and over again until it really sunk in. And now that Don has arrived things should pick up the way it was before nationals.
Well once again thank you all for reading my blog and visiting my website. I will write on the blog to keep you updated on what I'm doing, in a couple of weeks. Talk to you soon!
Goodbye.

Patrick.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Hello everyone!

Well I have just begun resuming my training again a few days ago. It luckily wasn't too difficult, compared to other times.

I've been working quite a lot with Lori Nichol (my choreographer) making changes to both my programs. Not any big changes but quite important; in the short we've been working a few hours on just bringing out the emotion in the program, which will be very important once I get to worlds. In the long program we rearanged my elements and made some changes to my transitions in the program to make room for a second triple axel. I am planning to put in two triple axels at worlds, but we will give it a few weeks and make a final decision later. But another of my goals (other than to bring three men to next years world championships) is to land or at least attempt both triple axels in the long program at worlds.

Anyways I will talk to you all very soon! Take care everyone.



Patrick

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hey everyone! Well I just got back from vancouver last night. Went to my first day at school and got a warm welcome. They actually surprised me by making me a big poster and hanging it at the front of the office.
For those who don't know I was second after the short program. I only made one mistake in the short, I put my hand down on the 3 axel.
On the day of my long program I didn't have the greatest practice nor the greatest 6 min. warmup. But I just trusted my training and let the program happen and I ended up delivering a flawless program. For more info you can check out the globe and mail website. So I ended up overall first. Now I'm gonna head to worlds in sweden around early march. My main goal there is to get 3 men to worlds in L.A. next year since it is very difficult to limit canada to only 2 men.
Anyways I'm going to begin to get back into training tommorow and I hope you enjoyed the national championships the past week if you got the chance to watch it. Well talk to all of you very soon, take care.

Patrick Chan
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hi everyone! I have just landed in vancouver and I'm about to settle in. I'm gonna have a practice tommorow and thursday before the competiton starts on friday and saturday. I will keep updating the blog, after the long program on saturday. Take care and speak to you soon! Bye
Patrick
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