Chan's golden goal

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Patrick Chan will not land a quad at the world championships next week. Nevertheless, he does expect to land on the podium, hopefully right on top.

“Definitely I’m going for the gold medal,” Chan said during a conference call on Wednesday. “After winning silver (at the 2009 worlds) there’s no reason why I can’t win the gold.”

Well, there are a couple of reasons.

Even though defending Olympic and world champion Evan Lysacek of the U.S. will not be in Turin, Italy, for the worlds, Chan still has to get past 2006 Olympic king Evgeni Plushenko of Russia. In one of the closest, most controversial finishes in men’s singles competition at an Olympics, Lysacek edged Plushenko for the gold in Vancouver.

Unlike Chan and Lysacek, Plushenko performs a quad. On the other hand, Lysacek proved that wining gold at a worlds and Olympics is possible without a quad, something that gives Chan confidence, though he reiterated on Wednesday that he is still planning on adding a quad to his arsenal, probably as early as next season.

“I can’t really rest on my laurels,” he said. “I have to keep working on it. It would be boring if I didn’t. I do want to do a quad in the future. I want to go out with a huge bang and show people that I am capable of doing it and to show my critics I can do it.”

Chan said that he felt “lost” for a few days after the Vancouver Olympics, but now he is riding a high, believing that, despite finishing a disappointing fifth at his home Games, the experience taught him a lot, particularly about dealing with pressure. “I remember watching (American snowboarder) Shaun White when he won his gold medal (in Vancouver). He just went out and competed like he owned it, like he knew he was going to win,” Chan said. “It’s that kind of attitude that has to come into play soon for me, if I want to be on the podium (at an Olympics). But the Olympics definitely opened my eyes to my potential.”

Chan, 19, expressed confidence that gold will be his in the next four years, either at the worlds, or the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Or both.

“I want to show everyone that my time is going to come,” he said.

His disappointing showing in Vancouver, particularly in his short program where he finished seventh, was partially the result of a calf tear he suffered early in the season, which resulted in his withdrawing from the Rostelecom Cup, his first scheduled Grand Prix. But in retrospect, he said that the injury is the best thing that has ever happened to him, because he understands more now about nutrition and how to look after his body.

He’s also very content with his coaching arrangement, which was in a stat of flux earlier this season. The Toronto native switched coaches, from Don Laws to Lori Nichol and Christy Krall, which resulted in a move from Florida to Colorado. He said he plans to keep Nichol and Krall as his coaching team, even though Nichol is in Toronto and he is in Colorado.


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