Hey Canada, Patrick Chan loves ya, but he’s also thrilled that he doesn’t have to skate in front of you at the Olympic Games this winter.
For Chan, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were, in some ways, a nightmare given the pressure of skating at home and with the media lurking behind every corner, sometimes literally. It became so intense that according to one insider, the Toronto skater actually kicked around the idea of walking away from the sport following that experience.
Now, the fact that Sochi, Russia — the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics — is thousands of miles away, Chan can take comfort knowing there won’t be any “home-town” pressure. In Vancouver, fresh off a second-place finish at the 2009 world championships, Chan became the great Canadian hope in men’s figure skating and was put under a glaring spotlight, never mind that he was all of 19. So, like it or not, the now three-time world champion is digging the fact that these Olympics are miles away from home sweet home.