Figure Skating

Chan opens season with win in men's short program

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The Canadian Press
10/25/2013 11:38:01 PM
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Patrick Chan opened his season by winning the men's short program at Skate Canada International on Friday night. The three-time world champion from Toronto scored 88.10 points, but tripled his quad toe loop attempt and couldn't hold the landing on his second triple toe loop.

Rather than dwell on his missed quad, Chan took a similarly philosophical approach to his skate as his Canadian ice dance teammates.

"I didn't have technical goals, I didn't say 'I want to land my quad then my Axel so I can come first,"' Chan said. "I wanted to go out and be excited to be there as opposed to dreading competing, which had become a bad habit of mine over the last two seasons. I was kind of dreading competing and never really enjoying competing, which is really weird as an elite athlete.

"I went into this event thinking, 'Hey, I'm lucky to be here, I'm lucky to be at the level I am, I've won three world championships, I've got nothing to prove, I'm out here to have a great time."'

Nobunari Oda was second with 80.82, while Japanese teammate Yuzuru Hanyu was third with 80.40.

Skate Canada is the second of six stops on figure skating's Grand Prix circuit. The top six entries in each discipline qualify for the Grand Prix Final, Dec. 5-8, in Fukuoka, Japan.

Patrick Chan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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