Chan leads Canada's hunt for four figure skating medals in Sochi

Patrick Chan leads Canada's contingent of figure skaters headed to Sochi and has the best shot at...

Patrick Chan leads Canada's contingent of figure skaters headed to Sochi and has the best shot at winning gold. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

Steve Buffery, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

Skate Canada’s high performance director Michael Slipchuk is wary of making any bold predictions heading into the Sochi Olympics.

The 1992 Canadian men’s singles champion told the media following the national figure skating nationals in Ottawa on Jan. 12 that the organization’s goal for the Sochi Games is three medals — which would tie the record for the most medals won at an Olympics by a Canadian team. That was from the 1988 Calgary Winter Games when Brian Orser (silver), Liz Manley (silver) and the ice-dance team of Tracy Wilson and the late Robert McCall (bronze) earned medals.

But the truth is, the squad heading to Russia is probably the strongest figure-skating team Canada has ever sent to a Games. And with the team event being added to the Olympics for the first time, there’s reason to believe that Canada’s skaters could come away from the Games with four medals.


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