Patrick Chan has tough competition in men's singles

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

SOCHI, Russia — World champion figure skater Patrick Chan looked flawless in practice on Wednesday at the IceBerg Skating Palace, nailing a perfect quad-triple jump combination, another quad and then, most gratifying to him and his fans, the dreaded triple Axel — a jump he has struggled with at times.

“He looks great,” said defending Olympic men’s singles champion Evan Lysacek, who is working the Sochi Olympics for The Today Show on NBC. “I was happy to see him do a run-through today. I think that shows he’s in great shape and he’s ready for the event. He’s a very, very fine athlete.”

Chan’s second Olympics begins on Thursday when the Toronto native skates in the men’s short program team event, followed by Meagan Duhamel of Lively, ON and Eric Radford Balmertown, ON, 2013 world championship bronze medallists, representing Canada in the pairs team event. Skate Canada is hoping for a medal in the new Olympic team event, perhaps even the gold. The discipline will be decided on Sunday.