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Trophée Eric Bompard: CHAN LEADS AFTER SHORT PROGRAM SETTING A NEW WORLD RECORD

TEB-MSP-Article2013After skating their Short Programs at the Palais Omnisport de Bercy, Patrick Chan, Yuzuru Hanyu and Jason Brown sat down in the press conference room to answer the journalists’ questions about their performances.

Chan, in first place with 98.52 points, performed a solid program with a 4 Toeloop-3 Toeloop combination, a 3 Axel and 3 Lutz. “I didn’t even know I set a new World Record with my score. I was just so happy that I skated well. I was satisfied with the way I skated, I can let the programme expand, not having to hold back. I hope to have the same feeling tomorrow. ”

Yuzuru Hanyu was in second place with 95.37 points, a 4 Toeloop, 3 Axel, 3 Lutz-3 Toeloop combination. “I am really happy about the Short Program. I didn’t miss a thing. I have things to improve – the steps were level 3 and I can get higher GOE. I am not thinking about breaking the 98 points, but last year in Japan I got 93, so I have to improve. I want a higher score and I want to improve it in the next competitions.”

Hanyu was asked what he thinks about Plushenko returning to competitions and about him being considered by Evgeni his main contender: “It is a great honour and I’m so happy he said I was his rival – I thank him for that. Still, I think I have things to improve, so I want to improve them until Sochi, when Pluschenko is coming back. I definitely want to compete with him in Sochi.”

Brown, third after a clean Short Program with 84.77, said “For the past couple of years I have been working towards being sharp on my elements. I hope my technical and jump content will progress as well. The Olympics is something on my mind, but it’s my first senior year and my main goals are Nationals – I have to skate cleanly there. My main focus is keep progressing and skate clean when I go out there and compete.”

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