Chan misses Skate Canada top spot
By RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency
|Patrick Chan of Canada skates off the ice after skating in the men free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition in Windsor October 27, 2012. (Reuters/MIKE CASSESE)
WINDSOR - Call it another slap in the face for Patrick Chan.
The two-time defending world skating champion is now on a two-event losing streak to start the season after failing to land top spot at Skate Canada International for the first time in three years Saturday night at the WFCU Centre.
Chan finished in second place, 10-and-a-half points behind Javier Fernandez, the history-making Spaniard who trains in Toronto with coach Brian Orser.
“Worlds is my end goal, my only goal, and, then after that, the Olympics (in 2014),” the 21-year-old Chan said. “I've won these competitions before. I'm just going to take this step-by-step.
“It's a learning process that I have to go through to get better.”
He finished last in the Japan Open a couple weeks ago and described it as a wake-up call.
But losing here raises a different kind of alarm.
The season will end on home ice, too, at the worlds next March in London, Ont. Chan is expected to enter that event as the favourite, but that prospect will fade if he doesn't start climbing back to the top of the podium soon.
Chan struggled with his jumps again and received 160.91 points for his La Boheme-themed long program. His combined total was 243.43 while Fernandez increased his short-program cushion by seven points, finishing with a commanding 253.94 for the competition.
“I wasn't thinking about the (mistakes on the jumps),” Chan said. “I thought the program went really well. I've made a lot of headway (since Japan). I felt like I was able to look the judges in the eyes and I was comfortable in my own skin.”
Canada still ended up with two of four golds at the event and one in every discipline. Upstart 16-year-old Kaetlyn Osmond surprised many with a win in her first senior Grand Prix event and veterans Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir ruled the ice dance.
Chan picked up a silver and so did the pairs team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who finished back of four-time world champs Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy.