the things you say/don’t say when you meet your idol in real life…

Last Saturday, I had the amazing opportunity to meet the reigning Canadian National Mens Figure Skating Champion…Patrick Chan! But how, you ask?

He had a fundraiser dinner event on January 29th at a local chinese restaurant, hosted by the 4th World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention Canada Founding & Development Society. My family doctor happens to be one of the organizers for the event, and my family bought a table of 10 through her.

When we got there initially, I found it hard to believe that Patrick Chan, world-class figure skater, was in the same room as I was. But I wasn’t nervous at all to meet him. I was quite excited, in fact. At the time, I thought to myself, “Gee, if I’m not nervous, everything should go well.”

The funny thing is, all of Saturday night and Sunday, I’ve had this feeling of regret that I didn’t say the things I wanted to say to him. And that he probably thinks I’m dim and immature. But then I started to have a good laugh about it, so I decided to put together the dialogue between myself and Patrick: what I did say, what he said, and what I should’ve said.

Here are pictures of my gift to him – it’s a pair of miniature Canada-themed paper-clip ice skates. I must credit inkyrat for the pattern, and I took some creative freedom with the rest of the design and colour scheme.

So everyone…the lesson of the day is: before you meet your idol irl, prepare so  you don’t say things on a whim that make you sound dumb. sigh.

But still, it was a super awesome night. I felt a little bad for Patrick though, his eyes must have really hurt and mouth stiff from smiling and getting camera-flashed at about 500 times that night. He was such a good sport about it all, and I’m so happy I got a few pictures with him. I also purchased a stuffed bird from this silent auction! The collection of stuffed toys up for auction were from the most recent competition, when his fans threw them onto the ice for him. But as you can imagine, Patrick gets tons of these and cannot possibly take them all home. So he usually donates them to children in hospitals, but he put a few up for the silent auction on his fundraiser event. I even got it autographed! 🙂

With all that said, I am so honoured to have had the opportunity to meet Patrick Chan. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to express myself as well as I know I can, and hopefully I will have another chance to chat with him again. 

I wish him the best of luck in March at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo, where he will be representing Canada. And we are all so proud of him already – can we get any prouder? 😛

Vancouver 2010 Olympics – DAY 7 – Mens Free Skate…Quality over Quad!

Congratulations to Evan Lysacek for winning Gold in Mens Figure Skating at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (score 257.67)! Also I must thank him for winning, because by doing so he has proved to Evgeni Plushenko that quality can be worth more than the quad. Evan’s skate was clean, perfect, and enthralling – definitely an Olympic Gold medal performance and he certainly deserves this glory.

Plushenko settles for Silver (256.36), and Daisuke Takahashi takes the Bronze (247.23), finally winning a medal in mens figure skating for Japan.
(Picture from Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press)

Also, Congratulations to Patrick Chan for finishing in 5th place at his first Olympic games ever (score of 241.42). This is already an amazing accomplishment and Canada is so proud of him. In our hopes of winning the gold medal for mens figure skating, we may have forgotten that Patrick is only 19 and it is only his first Olympics…well, he is, and it is! This Olympics has been a great experience for him, and from here on he can only continue to improve and work towards achieving better results in competitions of the future. Like he said last night, he’s climbed the Mt. Everest of athletes once, the Olympics, and every other competition will seem so much easier to cope with. He’s so talented and I can’t wait to see him skate more…the nearest is the Exhibition Gala on Feb 27th! =D

(Pictures by Getty Images, from ctvolympics.ca)

I must also send my regards to Stephane Lambiel(4th at 246.72) and Nobunari Oda (7th at 238.54). Lambiel seems to have it all – both quad and quality. Unfortunately, he hadn’t delivered as well as he could this Olympics, and he just missed the podium by a little less than 1 point. And Oda…he would’ve pulled up in front of Patrick Chan if not for his skate mishap near the end of his performance, which caused him to lose 2.00+ points. It was so unfortunate, but I suppose the good thing is that it didn’t make him lose a spot on the podium.

And skating tomorrow night : Ice Dance – Compulsory! Canada’s Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier are skating in the 4th flight, while Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are skating very last, in the 6th flight. Hopefully the kids at Canuck Place tomorrow night will let me watch some figure skating on TV – so I can follow along!

Vancouver 2010 Olympics – DAY 5 – Mens Short FS

Tonight’s Mens Short program at the Pacific Coliseum was an exciting yet tense event for contending male figure skaters – it was the chance to prove themselves worthy.

Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko came out of retirement to compete once more in the Olympics, and he has come back as proud as ever. Tonight he brought a quad in combination and now has the top score entering the free skate on Thursday(see below for score list). To my understanding, it is his belief that he is the best, and that a male figure skater without a quad is not worthy to compete.

Plushenko probably entered the Olympics thinking that no other skater would even come close to him in score – well if that’s what he thought, then he certainly thought wrong…very wrong. Tonight, second and third places were very closely held by Evan Lysacek of USA and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, both of whose SUPERB programs did NOT include a quad.


(Picture taken from ctvolympics.ca)

Canada’s Patrick Chan is the one Canada was watching tonight, and I believe he made an admirable effort. He is one who believes that the quad is not everything, and rightfully so – nobody can match the grace and delicate details he puts into every move he makes, and if anybody can rack up points from that second artistic score, it’s Patrick Chan. Although his performance tonight was not his best (stepped out on the triple axle, small mistakes, and 1.00 deduction from not ending in time with the music), he still came out 7th and may still be considered in contention for a medal placing. His spot now is probably better for him mentally than of he were placed higher, since he doesn’t have so much pressure going into the free skate and has a better chance to show everything he’s got…and help prove Plushenko wrong!

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Dear Patrick,
you made a really great effort tonight, and Canada is so proud of you! Take a break tomorrow and embrace the Olympic atmosphere of Vancouver, then come back on Thursday and give it your all. You are so talented and we love you so much. GO PATRICK GO!
Love, Joan from Vancouver – your fan!!!!
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Some major disappointments tonight include the performances of Brian Joubert of France, Vaughn Chipeur of Canada, and Tomas Verner of Czech Republic, and Jeremy Abbott of USA. These men unfortunately did not deliver tonight, and are well out of contention for the podium. Next time, boys!

Top 10 Results and other mentions after Mens Short Program
1 | Evgeni Plushenko 90.85
2 | Evan Lysacek 90.30
3 | Daisuke Takahashi 90.25
4 | Nobunari Oda 84.85
5 | Stephane Lambiel 84.63
6 | Johnny Weir 82.10
7 | Patrick Chan 81.12
8 | Takahiko Kozuka 79.59
9 | Michal Brezina 78.80
10| Denis Ten 76.24

15| Jeremy Abbott 69.40
18| Brian Joubert 68.00
19| Tomas Verner 65.32
24| Vaughn Chipeur 57.22

(results reported from ctvolympics.ca)

Mens Free Skate will be happening on Thursday…til then! Keep your head up, Patrick!

(On another note, I just saw on TV that the lovely Mary Murphy from SYTYCD is in town…and she screamed her way across the zipline in downtown Vancouver.)