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Chan Claims Third Consecutive Canadian Title

World silver medalist Patrick Chan put out a strong performance to capture his third consecutive title on the final day of competition at the 2010 BMO Canadian Championships in London, Ontario.

The 20-year-old from Toronto, Ontario received record breaking scores to capture his ticket to Vancouver. Chan is Canada’s best hope for Olympic Gold and when he takes to the ice at the Pacific Coliseum next month, the hopes of the nation will weigh heavily on his shoulders.

He was awarded a personal best free skating score of 177.88 points for his performance to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The score – somewhat inflated — is the highest on record and exceeds that of Daisuke Takahashi (Japan) who holds the international record of 175.84 points.

The quad less free skate was not flawless and the score appeared to be out of line. Chan turned out on his opening triple Axel and put a hand down on the triple flip/triple toe that followed. The rest of his elements was strong and his stellar straight line steps were awarded the rarely seen level four.

Despite the mistakes, the performance quality and musicality of the program is outstanding. His spins and footwork was woven into the nuances of the music.

New coach Kristy Krail and choreographer Lori Nichol were pleased with the program. He executed eight triple jumps including three combinations. His overall score of 268.02 points exceeded his closest competitor Vaughn Chipeur by 45.92 points.

“I can’t believe this is happening,” Chan said while showing off his new Olympic jacket. “I think I’ll be sleeping with it tonight.”

Chan was not the only one with a astronomical score, silver medalist Vaughn Chipeur was awarded 143.23 points for his third ranked free skate. Putting that score in perspective, it would place sixth on the World scale just ahead of fellow Canadian World Champion Jeffrey Buttle.

Chipeur had the skate of his life to capture the second Olympic berth despite placing third in the free skate with an event total of 222.10 points. He edged fellow Canadian Kevin Reynolds, who put out a spectacular free program to “The Immigrant Song” and “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.

Chipeur skated with abandon and powered through seven triple jumps, which included two combinations. He executed three level four spins and two level three step sequences.

Reynolds delivered a technically superior program which included two quads and eight triple jumps. He managed two triple/ triple combinations and a triple flip/double toe/ double loop combination but was ranked only fifth on the component scores. His overall score of 216.49 points was enough to capture the bronze medal.

Reynolds, 19, of Coquiltam, B.C. was hoping to compete at home at the Olympics.

2008 bronze medalist Shawn Sawyer of Ste-Julie, Quebec had to settle for fourth place after the 24-year-old struggled on his opening triple Axel and his triple flip/triple toe combination. His spins were first-rate. His overall score was 210.35 points.

Joey Russell, 21, of Labrador, NL, dropped from third to fifth overall after he struggled on a planned triple Lutz/double toe combination and a triple flip/double toe combination. He accumulated an event total of 202.16 points.

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