January 19, 2013
Patrick Chan's dominant showing a potential springboard
By RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

Patrick Chan waves to crowd at the end of his skate in the senior men's short program at the Canadian National Figure Skating Championships in Mississauga, Ontario January 18, 2013. (REUTERS)

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - Patrick Chan may have just found his launching pad back to the top of the figure skating mountain.

And the source of his dominant 94.63-point performance in the short program at the Canadian championships Friday night at the Hershey Centre could be a recent audience with the King.

“I talked to Elvis (Stojko) before and he said you have to strive for success, not perfection, and this is a perfect example,” said Chan, who will attempt to wrap up his sixth straight national title on Saturday. “It wasn't perfect … It wasn't the best landings on my jumps, but it got the job done.”

The two-time world champion spent the first half of this season struggling to remain upright on the ice on big jumps. His early problems allowed his international foes to start believing he was beatable.

“It took a while,” the 22-year-old said with a grin. “I went out and stayed on my feet, which is important. I would say this season has nothing to do with physically. I'm always physical



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