So on my way up to Quebec I grabbed a newspaper at the airport in Toronto, open it up to the sports page, and boom...Chan's mouth!
The first time I was treated to Chan's mouth was at the 2009 World Championships where he got into a media tussle with Brian Joubert.
I love it, first of all, only in Canada (well maybe in Japan and in Korea if it pertains to Yu-Na) does figure skating make the front page of the newspaper.
I read the headline, "Chan Feeling Unappreciated in Canada." He talks about all the hard works skaters do and he feels left out of the big boys club (Stojko, Browning). He then even talks about how it would be cool to skate for China...
Chin to floor!
It was such a stir up here that he had to issue a statement about his statements (which were given 4 months ago to Reuters).
Patrick should come to the U.S. where people go, "What's figure skating?" and then discuss appreciation. I mean, I don't think he realizes how good he has it. He got the front page of the sports section for crying out loud! When was the last time a U.S. skater got the sports front page of the New York Times, or Washington Post, or USA Today (I'm dying for someone who really wants to put in the research here and tell me it's been at least close to a decade)?
So he hits the ice today...Canadian's, please support him or we may have to deal with another "skatertantrum."
p.s. Wishing Mao Asada well and hoping her mom is okay.