Patrick Chan avoids being flushed away

Reigning World Champion, Patrick Chan talks with the media about the upcoming Canadian National...

Reigning World Champion, Patrick Chan talks with the media about the upcoming Canadian National Figure Skating Championships, Jan. 17, 2013. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:42 PM ET

MISSSISSAUGA, ONT. - In Russia last month, Patrick Chan discovered a new obstacle to Olympic gold, a threat even greater than foes like Daisuke Takahashi, Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgeni Plushenko: An upset stomach.

The two-time world figure skating champ brought home a bronze medal from his first competition at the new Sochi rink that will serve as the next Olympic stage. Judging from his ordeal, he probably should've been awarded some bonus points for not soiling himself on the ice.

“I got sick – I had the runs,” the 22-year-old said. “I … went to my long program and had to take Imodium and take Tums. I thought, 'I may not have clean pants by the end of this'. It was a good test, it was exciting, and with all the conditions, I skated well. I was happy and I was there to experience it.”

The always-colourful Chan looked less green – tanned even from a trip to Hawaii — after his encounter with Sochi's mean cuisine.


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