Brian Orser offers advice to Canadian star Patrick Chan

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan (Reuters)

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan (Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:38 PM ET

SAINT JOHN, N.B. - As passengers disembarked from Air Canada flight 8950, non-stop from YYZ to YSJ, a horde of Japanese media rushed towards teenage skating phenom Yuzuru Hanyu.

Hanyu, one of the main medal hopefuls for the Japanese team at this winter's Sochi Olympics, was cornered against a wall and patiently answered questions for about 15 minutes while his coach, Canadian skating legend Brian Orser, stood back and watched with a knowing smile on his face.

"Hey, it's the beginning of the season," said Orser, when asked about the media attention focused on his athlete. "And it's an Olympic year."


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