Bringing Figure Skating to a New Level: Canadian Olympian Patrick Chan Weighs In

“I felt like I was at home, I was really comfortable.” says Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan of his first Olympic experience at a press conference held today at the BC Media Centre downtown.

Switching freely between French and English, Chan appeared much older than his 19 years. He easily answered questions about his event and the ongoing debate of the future of Figure skating.

 “I'm really shocked. I don't know why people pick on Evan [Lysacek,] he's a nice person and a hard worker,” Chan said,  reacting to comments on the 'fairness' of Lysackek's gold medal win yesterday over Russian veteran Evgeni Plushenko.

The argument of emphasizing the technical or artistic aspect of the sport when competing is an issue for those reacting to the final standing. Whether or not all skaters should be including quad jumps or focusing more on improving the quality of the artistic components is a question all younger athletes will have to face, including Chan.

Chan believes that the new scoring system introduced recently will help bring the sport of figure skating to a new level. This change combined with competing on home turf didn't prove to be an obstacle for Chan, “I didn't get any additional pressure, I took it as on opportunity.” An opportunity he believes will bring a new passion to skating and help entice the younger generation to the sport.

After placing fifth in the 2010 Winter Games, Chan is looking forward to his next challenge, competing in the World Figure Skating Championships in March. But until then, he is just going to take in the rest of the games, “The Olympics aren't even over yet, I'm going to enjoy this first before i think of whats next.”

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