Chan moves out of Olympic Village

By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER — Is the pressure starting to get to Patrick Chan already?

Before the Vancouver Olympics have even begun, the Toronto figure skater, who is one of the highest profile athletes at these Games, decided to move out of the Athlete’s Village, citing that he was having difficulty sleeping.

“We actually decided it at the last minute,” the defending world champion silver medallist said after training on Thursday. “When I got to the house, I really slept like a baby and it showed on the ice.”

Chan is under tremendous pressure at these Games as no Canadian has ever won the men’s singles Olympic gold and the Ottawa-born skater is considered a gold medal threat. The pressure increased when he missed two weeks of training earlier this season and was forced to pullout of the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. He then finished a disappointing sixth at Skate Canada.

Chan suggested that the pressure may be actually getting to one of his biggest rival, defending Olympic men’s singles champion Evgeni Plushenko, who watched Chan’s practice from the stands.

“It showed that he’s really scared of what I do,” said the 19-year-old skater.

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