Canadian skater Patrick Chan holds up his gold medal after winning the Mens Free Skate along at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario on Friday, March 15, 2013. (DEREK RUTTAN/QMI AGENCY)
LONDON, ONT. - After Patrick Chan's freeskate program on Friday night, Canada's Minister of State for Sport, Bal Gosal, tweeted: "Is it me, or is @SkateCanada's @pchiddy getting better every time he skates?"
Gosal's tweet prompted one grizzled sports writer to reply: "It's you."
The fact is, @pchiddy as Chan is known on Twitter, has skated much better in the past than he did at Budweiser Gardens on Friday night in winning his third straight world title. The same for the 2012 world championships in Nice, France. When the scores were announced after the men's free at that competition at the Palais des Expositions, and Chan was declared the winner, many in the crowd booed and whistled.
In winning his last two world titles, Chan has been jeered by crowds and criticized in the media.