TORONTO - Toronto figure skater Patrick Chan has gone quad crazy.
The defending world championship silver medallist revealed on Friday that he is adding a second quadruple jump to his long program ó quite a leap, so to speak, given the fact he only landed the quad in competition for the first time this season, in October at Skate Canada.
But Chan said in a conference call he believes that in order to challenge for the gold medal at the 2011 world championships in Tokyo in March, he will need at least one quad in his long program.
And now that the quad feels quite comfortable in training, he figures why not add a second and really push the envelope?
ďIím super-exited about doing it,Ē said Chan, who will defend his Canadian title next weekend in Victoria, B.C. ďIím going to need it this year (to win the worlds) for sure. No doubt about it. Iím going to put at least one quad in the program (for the worlds) like I did in the Grand Prix final.Ē
Chan, 20, said he began contemplating adding a second quad to his long program early in the season.
ďI talked to (choreographer) Lori (Nichol) and said, ĎCan you give us a Plan B if, in the future, we want to do another quad in the program?í
"And now that itís almost the end of the season, I kind of feel very comfortable with the quad and itís more consistent than the triple Axel,Ē added Chan, who is getting over a nasty cold. ďI donít see why I canít do two quads. I like to put the challenge out for myself.Ē