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01 COMPRESSION PANTS
These are a pain in the butt to get on – I’ve struggled many times in airport bathrooms before flights – but they’re really helpful for circulation and for feeling a little less jet-lagged when you arrive.

02 SOAP
Bringing a bar of soap with me is one of those quirks that makes me feel at home. Plus, I don’t worry about it leaking.

03 EXTRA LACES
I pack up to four pairs. They can fray, so when I have time I go through my skates to make sure the laces are in good shape and they won’t give out the next time I step on the ice.

04 BASEBALL CAP
I’ve always been a Blue Jays fan. They represent more than just Toronto, they represent baseball in Canada, and I totally respect that.

05 BOOK
Travelling for competitions can be quite stressful, and it’s comforting to know I have something in my bag I can lose myself in. I picked 1984 because of everything that’s going on in the world, and George Orwell’s Animal Farm was one of my favourite novels in high school.


Patrick Chan

Discipline Figure Skating
Age 27
Hometown Toronto
Training Base Detroit and Vancouver

Patrick Chan has grown up on the rink, having started skating at the age of five, then competing in his first Olympic Games (as one of the youngest in the sport) at 19 in Vancouver. Now, for what might actually be his last Winter Games – he hung up his skates for 18 months after his silver-medal performance in Sochi, but returned at the end of 2015 – Chan wants to enjoy the Games as an adult. (Well, sort of: He’ll still get in on the Nintendo tournaments in the athletes’ dorms.) For him, that means leaving behind any unnecessary distractions, like superstitions. “I used to have lucky charms, but superstitions just play with your head. Now, what I pack and how I prepare for travel has become a routine, and that routine is the charm.”

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LEADERS OF THE PACK     PYEONGCHANG 2018    

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