VICTORIA — Toronto skater Patrick Chan wasn’t perfect in the men’s short program on Saturday night, but he was perfectly marvellous.
The defending world championship silver medallist skated a near flawless short to the jazzy Take Five by Paul Desmond, his only mistake downgrading a triple Axel to a double. He performed a perfect quad to kick off the program and nailed a triple flip/triple toe combo, to go along with his excellent spins and step sequences, scoring first place points of 88.78.
“I was pleased with myself, even though I was kind of shrugging my shoulders (when it was over) because I felt bad (the crowd) were giving me a standing ovation even though it wasn’t perfect,” said Chan, who was fifth at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Chan, 20, did a quad for the first time ever at Skate Canada in October and then added a second to his long program this year, though it’s not certain whether he’ll try two in Sunday’s free.
Shawn Sawyer, the 2002 Canadian junior champion, was second with 77.64. The Ste-Julie, Que., skater actually quit last February, the result of not making the Olympics and because of personal issues, but returned in July. Joey Russell of Labrador City, NL, was third (69.41).
Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., finished a disappointing fifth (61.76), though he landed a quad. But he missed another and turned a triple Axel to a single. Reynolds, 20, was the first skater ever to land two quads in a short, when he did it at the 2010 Skate Canada.