What Happened to Sandhu??

At the 2008 Canadian Figure Skating National Championships, Emanuel Sandhu, one of the countries best male figure skaters and former 3 time Canadian Champion, withdrew from the competition. Why? Does anyone really know??

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My guess would be that since he has lost his title to Jeffrey Buttle, an amazing young and talented skater, who is probably my favorite out of the Canadian men, Sandhu just isn’t doing it anymore. He cannot deliver the performance when it is needed, he made a fool of himself at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. I have never really liked Sandhu, he can be a good skater when he wants to be….but besides that he pretty much sucks. His costumes are always too over the top, his style is way too flamboyant, and he wears way too much make up…he wears more than any girl or skater that I know of in this sport. I honestly have to say that it is nice to be able to watch a national level figure skating event and not have to sit through the painful performance of Emanuel Sandhu.

Canadian Championships: Men

Jeffrey Buttle    Patrick Chan

So I was looking over the skates of Jeffrey Buttle and Patrick Chan, at the 2008 Canadian National Championships, and even though Chan had the cleaner skate, Buttle should of clearly been the winner. Although he did have the mistakes in the long program, his over all performance, artistry, and spin quality were far better than that of Chan. Chan is an young skater, new to the stage and still needs a little polishing, but Buttle has been here before, and just needs to work on his consistency, that has been said time and time again, so why does he still seem to cave under pressure?? Being a figure skater, I know what pressure can feel like, the trick to the whole thing is just being able to control it and being able to get into the groove on the competition ice, it may seem easy to say on paper, but in reality it is much more difficult.

But don’t leave it up to me, here are both of their final skates, let me know who you think is better, overall. Don’t just see who lands the most jumps, but look at the entire program as a whole, did one do better artistry, spins, emotion?? Let me know!!

 Jeffrey Buttle

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Patrick Chan