♪ [cheerful] Hi guys, this is Audrey.
I’m in beautiful Lausanne. I’m about to interview
the figure skater three times Olympic
medallist, Patrick Chan. He got invited to theYouth
Olympic Games
as a role model, so it’s someone
who can share his advice with the young Canadian
athletes throughout the games. I got lucky I have the
chance to meet him. Let’s go. Hi, Patrick. Hi. How are you? Very good,
thank you. So first of all,
you’re here at Lausanne 2020 to be a role
model athlete.So that’s fantastic.So what’s your role?
What do you do here?
Chan:Very good question.
I didn’t know until —
I didn’t really know my role
until I got here. It was all
a pleasant surprise.I’ve been able to catch up
with old athletes
because there’s I think 28
role model athletes here.
So we’ve all had
very amazing careers
and we’ve all had a chance to
reflect on our careers and
ask about what we’re doing
in our lives now.
It’s very exciting to see
how our lives have changed.
Some of us have kids
and some of us have retired from our sport
and followed education. So for us it’s wonderful
for us to be here. But also we’re here
for the athletes. That’s we’re mostly here for,
to share our experience, remind them of what this
all means in their life, in their very young life. I hope that they really
take it all in. And what kind of question do
the young athletes ask you? Well yesterday
we had a meeting — not a meeting but it was
an open panel talk. It was called “Chat with
Champions” in the village and I got some questions
about training. Injury. Nutrition. What I would do differently now
if I could go back in time. Also training in an environment
that’s very lonely.It’s all relevant questionsthat I actually
experienced personally.
These are very young athletes
that have a lot of potential
and I want to be
able to help them
have the best
result possible.
[cheers and applause] When you were a teenager what role that your sport
played in your life? Huge. It played a huge
role becausefigure skating was all I knew
in my life until two years ago.
So it’s — your brain —our brain as athletes
are wired differently.
We choose one thing and
then we do it 100 per cent
and we don’t let anything or
anyone distract us from that.
And you are very selfish. You sacrifice a lot of things:
family, friends, in order to try and getthe best results in your
life or in your career.
So this can be a big shock,
and I’ve experienced it. After 2018 I experienced
a bit of a shock. I didn’t — we call it
an identity crisisbecause you don’t know who you
are without figure skating.
Who am I without
figure skating?
And everybody knows me
because of figure skating.
So I still am dealing
with that and that’s why coming to these sort of
events is nice to hear and have these
conversations with, yes, the young athletes,
but also the other role models and seeing
where they are in their life. It kind of gives you —
it calms you knowing that you’re
not alone and we all are going through
the ups and downs of life. So how does it feel
to be a mentor here? Is it weird? Chan:Yes, definitely,
because I’m 28. I’m 29.
I’m relatively young.But I kind of —the athletes come to us
for advice and for help
or just inspiration.It’s kind ofit’s familiar but also
unfamiliar because
I feel sometimes I’m stillvery much a teenager
and I’m very young and
but I think as an athlete,
we’ve lived a lot of lows and a lot of highs. And these athletes are just
starting their careers. So I just want to make sure
they know that this is a very small
part of their career and they have a lot to go — a lot more to experience and
a lot more to look forward to.So just take it in.And this is one of
many experiences.
[laughs] That was awesome. This is only the third
Youth Olympic Games,
so Patrick Chan didn’t have
the chance to compete at the Youth Olympic level. His advice for me was to
keep it light and fun. I think I’m pretty much
doing that already. I’m Audrey Lamonde with
Maj ofRadio-CanadaforCBC Kids News.♪ [light]

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan looks back on life as a teen Olympian I CBC Kids News
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