Chan will highlight Day 7 action

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency



VANCOUVER — Patrick Chan will try Thursday night at the Pacific Coliseum to become the first Canadian male figure skating gold medalist, looking for the victory at the same rink where he won the Four Continents figure skating championship Feb. 7, 2009.

Unless he was bluffing Tuesday, don’t expect him to attempt the quad jump.

“I have to do what I have to do, I have been training for the last few weeks without doing it,” Chan said. “I don’t see why I need to add it.”

The 19-year-old Ottawa-born Torontonian was seventh in the short program when he performed to the Tango de Los Exilados. He made some key miscues on the axel, and with his footwork that he needs to overcome in the free skate.

“I think I was a little slow, I lost some of the speed.” Chan said. “That’s what caused the time deduction.”

Melissa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., and Calgary’s Jeff Pain begin their quest for medals in skeleton heats Thursday. The competition concludes Friday at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

Emily Brydon leads Canada in the women’s super combined slalom against favoured American Lindsey Vonn, who is going for her second gold medal of the Games. Brydon, a 29-year-old from Fernie, B.C., is in her third Olympics.

Four Canadians are in the female individual 15-kilometre biathlon, while Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Quebec City is in the 20-km race. Le Guellec finished a disappointing 11th in the 12.5-km pursuit Tuesday in an event where International Biathlon Union officials suddenly stepped in for VANOC volunteers.

Edmonton curler Kevin Martin’s rink faces Sweden at the Vancouver Olympic Centre in the morning and France in the evening.

Canada meets Switzerland at General Motors Place in men’s hockey. Canada is seeking revenge after Switzerland dealt Canada a devastating 2-0 loss in Turin four years ago. Coach Mike Babcock is expected to start veteran netminder Martin Brodeur.

Halfpipe snowboarder Sarah Conrad of Halifax will seek a Cypress Mountain finish better than her 15th from Turin.

Speedskater Kristina Groves of Ottawa is looking to add to her 3,000m bronze medal in the 1,000m race at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen is the reigning silver medallist.

Cross-country skier Perianne Jones of Canmore, Alta. turns 25 Thursday. She is one of nine athletes extinguishing candles Thursday.

Canada’s best medal hopes

1: Patrick Chan, figure skating

2: Kristina Groves, speedskating

3: Emily Brydon, alpine skiing

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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