Patrick Chan had the chance to make Canadian Winter Olympic history today and become the first man to win a gold medal in figure skating. The stage was set perfectly as Chan’s biggest rival, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, fell during his free skate. Normally a flawless skater, Hanyu fell twice in the opening 30 seconds of his skate. Failing to land a quad Salchow and a routine triple flip. I’m going out on a limb and say that Hanyu tripped on a jewel that had fallen off his bedazzling outfit.
The door was open for Chan to capture the gold or to paraphrase Joannie Rochette, the gold was on a silver platter, hopefully he doesn’t choke and leave with said platter only. It sounds way cooler in a silky Quebecois accent, trust me.
Then this happened:
which by now you can set your watch to. Every four years, like Orser, Browning and Stojko before him, a Canadian World Figure Skating Champion failed to close the deal. While a silver medal is an amazing accomplishment, this one stung more because the gold was there for the taking.
When he ‘won’ the silver, Twitter erupted with tweets besmirching Chan, some clever, most not. Many used a word that rhymes with ‘choke’. My feed was equal parts hate and equal parts people hating the haters (that’s a lot of Hateration as Mary J. Blige would say). However, this tweet by Chad Forrest had me nodding my head:
Chad’s right of course. If Luongo lost the gold for Canada, the Twitter queue to drag him through the mud would be longer than an Aritzia warehouse sale. Less beautiful too.
Patrick Chan’s a big boy. He can handle the pot shots. In fact, I’m sure he’s heard them all and it has fueled him to be one of the best in his sport. Like any true pro, Chan will be the first to admit that he didn’t skate his best but regardless, he’s a two-time Olympic silver medalist. That is a huge accomplishment, one that he never has to apologize for. Unlike myself for posting this drivel.