World Figure Skating Championships: ‘I want to defend my title,’ Chan Vows

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

LONDON, ONT.–When Patrick Chan takes to the ice Wednesday night, skating fans will find out whether the two-time world champ has finally got his mojo back or this entire season has been one to forget.

“It would mean a lot to me to overcome all the hardships that I had this season (and) come to the big competition and nail it on the right day,” he said.

“I want to defend my title.”

The first part of doing that comes in the men’s short program Wednesday. Chan skates second last. The men’s free skate comes later in the week on Friday at the world figure skating championships.

One thing is already certain: The quadruple jump will be a deciding factor at this event. It is no longer a question of whether the top male skaters will do one but how many and what kind.

Fellow Canadian skater Kevin Reynolds who just won Four Continents last month made history there by being the first to land five quads in a single competition. Reynolds, who trains in Vancouver, had two in his short program and three in his free skate.

“I don’t think it’s ever been that abundant in programs,” said Chan. “It’s really cool for me to stand back and see what’s evolved since the Vancouver Olympics and kind of being there (as) one of the top guys doing the quads.”

When Canada’s Kurt Browning first landed a quad in competition in 1988 it was huge. But by the late 1990s the quad was fairly common in men’s skating. Its popularity dropped off a bit when the judging system was changed in 2003.

American Evan Lysacek even managed to win the 2010 Olympic gold without a quad, much to the chagrin of silver medalist Russian Evgeni Plushenko.

The quad is back now and in greater numbers than ever.

“It worried me at first,” Chan said, noting that he has wondered if he should add a new quad to his program. “That’s something to be determined later on in the off season after worlds,” he said.

“It’s not like I’m totally against doing another quad and starting to train another one. It’s definitely in the back of my mind. But, on the other hand, if I look at myself as an overall skater there are a lot of other elements in the program that can fill in those blank spots (of) not having a third quad or a different quad other than toe.

“I think my footwork, my spins and my overall program thankfully makes up for it.”

At the Budweiser Gardens this week, he’ll find out if the judges agree.

News Category: 

Latest News

  • August 18, 2017
    The fall will see the launch of the Ontario Para-swimming Academy at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre that will give Ontario Para-swimmers the resources needed to succeed on the international stage. The new initiative will be managed by Don Burton...
  • Ontario Athletes Bring Home 212 Medals
    August 15, 2017
    Ontario athletes topped the medal standings at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, bringing home 212 medals and making fans across the province proud. Team Ontario’s athletes are returning home with 87 gold, 65 silver and 60 bronze medals, including...
  • International Paralympic Committee VISTA 2017 Conference Volunteer Call-Out
    August 14, 2017
    Do you have a passion for Paralympic Sport Science and Sport Medicine? For volunteering? Have you ever dreamed of taking part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and representing your hometown? Well look no further! About VISTA 2017 Toronto, Ontario...
  • RBC Training Ground seeks podium potential athletes in Ontario
    July 31, 2017
    TORONTO (July 31, 2017) - This Fall, four RBC Training Ground Local Qualifiers are set to take place across Ontario, culminating with a Regional Final in Toronto this October in the hopes of finding new Olympic talent. Canadian Sport Institute...
  • Mixed free relay earns third medal for Canada
    July 31, 2017
    BUDAPEST , Hungary – Canada picked up its third medal of the FINA World Championships Saturday, earning bronze in the mixed 4×100-metre freestyle relay in Budapest, Hungary. The team of Yuri Kisil, Javier Acevedo, Chantal Van Landeghem and Penny...