Patrick Chan 'prepared' to win gold in Sochi

Patrick Chan of Canada attends a figure skating training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi...

Patrick Chan of Canada attends a figure skating training session in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

SOCHI - It was treatment fit for the reigning king of men’s figure skating.

And because of a little unexpected perk Canada’s Patrick Chan has enjoyed since arriving here to chase Olympic gold, his chances for success may have improved even more.

Yes, the king had a palace all to himself for his first couple of pre-Games practice sessions, that being the Iceberg Skating Palace, where next week the Toronto native will attempt to become the first Canadian male to triumph at the Olympics.

Upon his arrival in Russia late last week, Chan was surprised to find that there were no other competitors skating over the Olympic rings at the rink, allowing him the rare luxury of practising by himself, an added boost to the confidence he has in living up to his favoured status.


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