Kevin Reynolds soars, Patrick Chan tumbles at World Team Trophy

Friday, April 12, 2013

Patrick Chan of Canada finished fifth in the free skate at the World Team Trophy on Friday, falling three times in a routine the three-time world champion called frustrating.

Chan, who was first after the short program on Thursday, started off well with a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination but things went downhill after that. He fell on the triple Axel, the triple-Lutz-double toeloop and the double Axel.

“It’s frustrating to end the season like this,” Chan said. “I don’t really have a choice for this competition and did it for the team. I had a good season with the world championships but it’s hard to travel all this way, my body is not happy competing at this time of year.”

The good news for Canada was that Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., impressed, finishing second with 164.13 points. Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi led the free skate with 168.65 points while Max Aaron of the United States was third with 159.24.

“I was very relieved the close out the season with a strong performance,” Reynolds said. “I was able to fight back and believe in myself and my training.”

Takahashi hit his opening quad and was good enough to lead despite mistakes on three combo jumps.

Despite Chan’s struggles, Canada moved up to second place overall after the second day of the compeition.

“I’m so proud of all our team members today,” Chan said. “Kevin really made the difference for us and helped us make up ground from Day One. Everyone stayed positive and we ended off on a good note.”

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., finished second in ice dance, behind Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States. Russians Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin were third.

“It was a good challenge for us to finish the year off strong,” said Weaver, celebrating her 24th birthday. “After worlds we had to get back into rhythm of competition. We weren’t at our best here but it was a great way to cap the season.”

Meagan Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., are second with 69.94 points after the pairs short program. Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are first.

“The way we performed today was beyond our expectations we are so happy to end our La Boheme program with that performance,” Radford said.

The World Team Trophy brings together selected skaters from the six countries that scored the highest combined points at major senior and junior competitions during the 2012-13 season. For the first time a team event, which differs slightly to the World Team Trophy format, will be included in the program of next year’s Sochi Winter Olympics.

The United States currently lead the competition, which wraps up on Saturday with the pairs and women’s free programs.

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