Ovation: Figure Skater Patrick Chan Wins Trophee Bompard For Fourth Time.
For many years I was an avid figure skating fan. I would watch the competitions on television every chance that I got. I would count the days until the Campbell’s Soup Champions On Ice tour came to town. I even subscribed to International Figure Skaters magazine. I knew the names of all the skaters and their coaches, who among them was on the fast track to the Olympic Games and who was considered an up-and-coming young athlete to watch. Figure skating features a unique combination of athleticism and artistry that I found completely fascinating.
(Plus the skaters had nice legs and great butts.)
Just as I was beginning to understand the subjective manner in which the sport was scored, they changed the rules. Suddenly, it seemed to me that the sport became 85% athletics and only 15% artistry. All of the focus shifted to the increasingly difficult quadruple jumps that were quickly becoming high-scoring leaps at the expense of beautiful and graceful movements.
I quickly lost interest.
Canada’s Patrick Chan, 22, could be reason to get excited about men’s figure skating again. Yesterday, the reigning and three-time world champion delivered a world-record score at the fifth Grand Prix competition of the season, Trophee Bompard in Paris, scoring a 196.75 in the free skate for 295.27 total to win the gold medal. Chan had scored a record-breaking 98.52 for his short program the previous evening.
After what many considered a flawless performance in the short program, he cleanly-landed two quadruple jumps and seven triples in his long program. Overall, Chan achieved the highest ever scores in all three categories this weekend: the short program, the free skate and the overall score. Many in the know believe him to be the favorite to win gold at the Sochi Olympics next February.
I might just watch. Will you?
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