CBCSports.ca figure skating expert PJ Kwong is one of those.
Kwong, who has a figure skating blog on CBC and wrote the book Taking The Ice, recently described how Chan's intricate etchings on the ice translate to art for her.
“There's the layer of the ice, there's the layer of the skater, there's the layer of the music,” said Kwong. “Every so often, you find somebody where there's no dividing lines between the layers. It's almost like an experience.
“When you're looking at a piece of art on the wall, when you're no longer aware of the edge of the canvas and all you're aware about is how that art makes you feel, then it's art, it's no longer paint brushes on a canvas, it's no longer an athletic experience with jumping, it becomes a stand alone art piece.
“When Patrick starts that Phantom of the Opera program, from that instant I'm hooked. I feel like I'm standing right there next to him. That's magic.”
According to Chan's coach Christy Krall, it's a magic his training mates never tire of at their rink in Colorado Springs. She said everything stops every time he does his long program.
“Even though they've seen him do every move over and over again, he's mesmerizing,” said Krall.
“He's wonderful to watch. He's a breath of fresh air and he's doing the tricks like you can't believe. It's fun for Patrick to entertain his colleagues daily.”
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