S Korea-Winter Olympics/Canadian Figure Skaters

Canadian figure skaters attribute teamwork as key to success

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PyeongChang, South Korea - Feb 12, 2018 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan during interview
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Chan, Canadian figure skater:
"Even though this is my third games, every game is different, the circumstances are different. I'm a different person. I'm a different athlete physically, mentally than I was in Sochi. And I think I'm a better athlete, so I hold myself at a higher standard to perform on the day that counts. It's still scary even when you're [there] and it's nerve-wracking, it's stressful, but that's because we're human. Sometimes the audience forgets that we're just normal human beings, even though sometimes we do things that are beyond the physical ability, but it's real, it's really real."
3. Canadian figure skaters posing for photos while holding gold medals
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gabrielle Daleman, Canadian figure skater:
"That performance is exactly what I've been doing in training. I was so thrilled and happy to get that out there and contribute to the team in the gold medal, but I've had a lot of struggles in my life and especially this past year. And I just want to say to all you out there if you're ever going through struggles or if you think like it's never going to get better, I promise you it is. There are always people who love and care about you and will be there for you and things will get better and you will be there I promise you, I've been exactly where you are. There's days, where I still am where you are and I am here now and it's because of the people who love and cherish me. So I promise you things will get better."
5. Winning athlete wearing gold medal
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Meagan Duhamel, Canadian figure skater (starting with shot 5):
"I mean this experience here so far at the Olympics, and we're only halfway through our part of the Olympics, has been absolutely unbelievable. We're so proud of the performances we gave. They were the best short and long program we've put together in one event in quite a while for Eric (Radford) and I. [There is] room to improve for the next event that we have upcoming in two days. So we're going to take this and we're going to treasure it with all of our teammates and it means the world to us. This medal is just a symbol of all the work that we did as a team and the commitment and determination and dedication that we had to each other and to Team Canada."

PyeongChang, South Korea - Feb 5, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
7. National flags of participating countries fluttering in wind

Storyline


Three members of the gold-medal-winning Canadian figure skating team have credited their hard training regimes and teamwork after their stunning performances at the ongoing PyeongChang Winter Olympics saw Canada emerge victorious in the figure skating team event.

The successful trio made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Global Television Network (CGTN) in the Gangneung Ice Arena on Monday after helping their country grab its first gold medal of the PyeongChang Olympics.

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan admitted to feeling nervous beforehand, and said he put pressure on himself to become a better athlete with this being his third Olympics.

“I hold myself at a higher standard to perform on the day that counts. It's still scary even when you're [there] and it's nerve-wracking, it's stressful, but that's because we're human. Sometimes the audience forgets that we're just normal human beings, even though sometimes we do things that are beyond the physical ability, but it's real, it's really real," said the 27-year-old.

Gabrielle Daleman, another of Canada's rising figure skating stars, said she delivered exactly as she had been doing in training and was delighted to overcome her past difficulties and help the team secure gold.

"That performance is exactly what I've been doing in training. I was so thrilled and happy to get that out there and contribute to the team in the gold medal, but I've had a lot of struggles in my life and especially this past year," Daleman said, before encouraging others who have self-doubts to draw on the love and support of those around them just as she did.

Meanwhile, Meagan Duhamel, one of the team's experienced skaters, was mightily proud of the performance alongside her long-time skating partner Eric Radford. She said the medal win is a product of strong teamwork, and she is already looking to use the same winning mentality at her next event.

"[There is] room to improve for the next event that we have upcoming in two days. So we're going to take this and we're going to treasure it with all of our teammates and it means the world to us. This medal is just a symbol of all the work that we did as a team and the commitment and determination and dedication that we had to each other and to Team Canada," said Duhamel.

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  • ID : 8073517
  • Published : 2018-02-13 14:07
  • Last Modified : 2018-02-13 17:40:21
  • Location : PyeongChang,Republic of Korea
  • Category : sport
  • Duration : 2'07
  • Audio Language : English/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV),China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 4
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