Elvis Stojko says Patrick Chan faces serious battle in Sochi

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan practices for the Canadian championships in Ottawa. (Reuters)

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan practices for the Canadian championships in Ottawa. (Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:38 PM ET

Even when the water’s frozen, former world figure skating king Elvis Stojko can create some major waves.

The Richmond Hill native certainly did at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when he blasted many of the top male skaters for not trying enough quadruple jumps and suggested that the eventual gold medallist, Evan Lysacek of the U.S., didn’t deserve to win because he never even attempted a quad. He also said the new scoring system made him “sick” because Lysacek’s win proved that you didn’t need to take risks any more to win.

Stojko was even critical of his compatriot, Patrick Chan — competing in his first Olympics as a 19-year-old — for also not attempting a quad.

However, since the Vancouver Games, the world’s top male skaters have begun pushing the envelope again — as they did during Stojko’s reign — and the skater formerly known as the Terminator couldn’t be happier.


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