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Chan is our Man

Patrick Chan, 18, of Toronto, Ontario regained his form after placing a disappointing fifth place last month at the Grand Prix Final in Korea. The teen blasted his way to a New Canadian Men’s Title with an event score of 254.82 points.

He was stellar in the short program and entered the free skate in first place by an unbelievable margin of 17 points. However, Chan proved yet again he is Canada’s number one man and performed like a world class contender.

Rachmaninov set the backdrop and Patrick utilized the music so effectively to highlight his program which earned the youngster component scores of 18.34 points for interpretation. The music was the perfect vehicle for the Skate Canada Champion to win his second Canadian Title.

The noise was deafening as the Canadian teen completed his final element. Chan delivered a performance for the ages.

His opening triple Axel had great speed and wonderful flow, but then he ran into problems when he stumbled and went hands down on a under-rotated triple flip causing a -3 GOE from the judges. However, his recovery was instantaneous delivering steps into a triple Lutz and a huge triple Axel/double toe combination followed by a triple Salchow and a triple loop. He nailed his next combination a triple Lutz/double toe/double loop before hitting his final jump a double Axel.

His non-jumping elements were all level four except his footwork which was level three. The agility of his footwork was outstanding and his musicality is beyond reproach. His spins showed ingenuity and he maintained great speed and position.

“I don’t want to say it was easier or less stressful (then last year) because it was still very stressful,” Chan told the press. “I knew that, sure, I had the 17-point cushion I could really rely on, but it was not to beat the other skaters. It was to perform well for Skate Canada.”

Patrick pocketed 165.93 points and ended the competition in first place.

“I predict a medal at Worlds. I won’t say it will be gold but if I can skate like this there –there will definitely be a medal,” Patrick predicted of his upcoming competition in March.

Vaughn Chipeur, 24, from Calgary, Alberta, broke through with a power-packed presentation which included a triple Axel, triple Lutz/triple toe combination, a triple flip, and a triple Salchow. However, he ran into problems when he singled an Axel, struggled on a triple loop, and then singled the back end of a planned triple Lutz/double toe/double toe combination.

Overall he demonstrated great speed and attacked each element with vigor. The height on his jumps and the energy he brought to this program was first-rate.

“It was really good, a good fight,” Vaugn stated. Two little mistakes — the second triple Axel, obviously, and the triple loop after. Getting the second Axel in has been tough to do, but it was a good fight for the rest of the program.”

He smashed his season’s best score by almost twenty points and captured the silver medal with a free skate worth 134.41 points to capture the silver medal.

“Obviously, Patrick puts up tough competition and he’s tough to beat, but that’s the goal next year. He skated very well. I did what I came here to do. All in all, it was a good event.”

Jeremy Ten, 19, of Vancouver BC skated the performance of his lifetime to capture the bronze medal with an event score of 204.03 points. He eclipsed his seasons best free skate by over fifteen points.

Ten, the 2007 Junior Champion started out on a sour note when he had a hard fall on his opening jump – a triple Axel. He then fought back with a rock-solid triple Lutz/triple toe combination and a strong triple flip. He managed a clean triple loop and a triple Lutz/double toe combination before singling the back end of a planned triple flip/double toe/triple toe combination. His final jumps a triple Salchow and a double Axel were also well-done. His combination and flying sit spin were level four but the change foot combination spin was called level two. His straight-line and circular steps displayed strong edge control and worked well with music. His free skate to music from the soundtrack “August Rush” captured second best scores of 134.97 points.

“No matter what I do, I get up and I keep fighting to the end,” Ten stated. “I’m just really thrilled with how everything came together.”

Training mate Kevin Reynolds, 18, from Coquiltam, B.C., has had a strong season finishing fourth at both his Grand Prix Events – Skate America and Trophee Bompard. The 5’ 9” jumping bean was the only man to attempt a quad — never mind landing two in the free skate.

He had a touchdown on his opening quad Salchow; however, the quad toe that followed was strong as was his triple Axel that followed. He reeled off a triple loop and the triple Axel/double toe combination but then doubled the flip and put a hand down on a triple Lutz. He rallied once again with a triple Salchow/triple toe/triple toe combination but the final jump was two-footed.

Reynolds who has been skating since age four is a very strong jumper but he has been unable to garner top scores for components. Reynolds placed fifth in the free skate and pocketed 131.97 points. When combined with his short program score of 70.00 points Reynolds was fourth with and event total of 201.97 points.

Twenty-three-year-old Shawn Sawyer had big expectations and hoped to move higher after his bronze medal last season. It has been a season of personal best’s for Sawyer and he reached a high point when he won the free skate at Skate Canada earlier this season. He entered the free skate in sixth place and faced another challenge.

He managed a fourth place free skate and things seemed on track when he rocked his opening triple flip/ triple toe combination. However, things quickly went awry and the three-time bronze medalist two-footed his next jump a triple Axel. He rebounded with a triple Lutz, a double Axel/triple toe combination and a triple flip. His next jump a double Axel was well-done but struggled on his final jump – a triple Salchow. His spins and footwork were first-rate and are highlighted by his flexibility and musicality.

Sawyer finished fifth overall and captured the final spot on the national team with an event total of 201.24 points.

The World team and Four Continent’s teams will consist of Patrick Chan, Vaughn Chipeur and Jeremy Ten.

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