February 5, 2009

Do your Best

By: Pj Kwong

Do your best.  More often than not, rather than inspiring it offers a secret back door for failure.  How often have we heard someone speak about having “done their best” but only by way of rationalizing less than perfect results?

Not so today at the ISU 4 Continents Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver where skater after skater seemed to really have done their best.

Take Canada’s Patrick Chan who is the leader after the men’s short program.  From the moment his name was called, he seemed intent on doing his best.  He created an almost 8 point lead in the short program by skating one of his best programs. Ever.

The pairs had a couple of “bests” as well. The close-up of the eventual champions, Qing Pang and Jean Tong from China, at the beginning of their program so clearly showed a confidence that has been lacking in recent years.  Having found the best possible vehicle for them in a tango-inspired program, it was easy for them to allow the music and inspired choreography to carry them to the top of the podium.

The American team of Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett blew the roof of the place last night in the pairs free.  Caydee Denney is the youngest competitor here at just 15 years old and watching her boundless energy and mega watt smile gave me the feeling that her best is an everyday thing.

I will be back with lots more from the rink tomorrow as it’s All Eyes on Skating from here in Vancouver at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. I want to remind you that for those of you wanting to look your best check out Artistry’s website and make use of the 15% discount they are offering first time customers.

As always, you can reach me at pjkwong@skatecanada.ca.

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