Chan devotes long program to late coach

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan (Reuters)

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan (Reuters)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 PM ET

World figure skating champion Patrick Chan was devastated when his former coach and mentor Osborne Colson passed away from pneumonia in 2006.

Chan was at Colson’s bedside when the Canadian skating legend died at the age of 90 and promised his coach that he would always skate his very best for him. Now, seven years and three world titles later, Chan continues to live up to that promise and is taking the pledge even further. The Toronto skater’s current coach, Kathy Johnson, revealed that Chan’s new long program, performed to Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, is dedicated to Colson, who, before Chan, directed such skating luminaries as Barbara Ann Scott, Donald Jackson and Sarah Kawahara. Last season, Chan skated his long program to La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, but though he won a third world title, never felt totally comfortable with the program.

 

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