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Today I was fortunate enough to attend a conference call with Patrick Chan who spoke about the upcoming Grand Prix Final event. Here are some of the things he talked about.
Heading into the Grand Prix Final with 2 Grand Prix golds, Patrick is feeling calm and confident. His focus is to stay healthy and give himself the best chance to do well. His wins at Skate Canada and Cup of China helped him figure out what he needs to do to be successful. He improved a lot from the previous season and is happy about it.
The experience at Skate Canada and the experience at Cup of China were very different. At Skate Canada it was at home, skating in front of a home crowd, so he really had to focus on controlling his excitement with all the buzz at the event. At Cup of China, it was a bit more methodical. He didn’t pay attention to his surroundings. His performance gave him confidence, in landing the 2nd quad toe and the 2nd 3A.
The biggest challenge going into next week at Marseilles is getting there and feeling rested. His body has been through a lot of travel and at most has had a 2 week break. Patrick wants to get there, be in a good state of mind, and not be distracted by the jumping competition (Yuzu, Shoma…) Both he and Javi have the same technical plan so he will focus on his job. He will focus on keeping his nerves under control and not changing his mental approach throughout.
A reporter asked; “since working with Marina and winning 2 gold medals, are you confident about winning the GPF or winning a medal?” Patrick replied that he didn’t go into the Grand Prix events expecting to win. At this point in his career he wants to be concerned only with his own challenges and goals. The minute he gets concerned with winning, that means lots of quads, and that means setting himself up for trouble.
When asked about any last minute tweaks to his programs, Patrick replied that he hasn’t changed any of the jumps but has made some changes in his spins and footwork. He has changed his spins to be more esthetically appealing for GOE, and he has changed his footwork slightly to add full body movement. He has more accents in his step sequence in the long program, which make it more dynamic (sharp and aggressive movements), not all just soft.
One of the very neat things Patrick said was “we know there will be record breaking scores, there’s no doubt about it”!
Can’t wait to see this!! I hope he is right!! Queue Yuzu!!
Personally, I can’t wait for the GPF to get started. I suspect the event will go by much quicker than I am used to since each discipline only has one group of skaters. Yes it includes juniors too but I am so used to at least 2 or more groups of skaters per discipline that this will fly by in an instant!! Don’t blink!!
My personal podium wish:
Good luck to everyone!
Go Yuzu Go!!! Doki Doki!!