Patrick Chan Sets Record at Canadian Nationals

Susan D. Russell
Patrick Chan

It was everything a national championship should be. Superb performances, redemption, drama and a not-so-little piece of history making — the Canadian figure skating championships
delivered all of that and then some.

There were stories galore to share in all four disciplines, with some top-notch skating across the board.

A year ago, Patrick Chan’s stunning performance at the 2011 Canadian Championships was a springboard to winning his first World crown. It’s safe to say the 21-year-old might be putting himself back on the same track after the jaw-dropping 302.14 overall score he posted in Moncton at the 2012 event.

After earning 101.33 points in the short, Chan knew the door was open to break new ground in terms of an overall total. “Once I broke 100 in the short, I thought, ‘Okay, 300 might be possible,’” he said.

Adding a triple toe on the end of a triple flip late in the program proved to be decisive in terms of cracking that magic number.
“I was really proud of myself, that I was able to talk myself through the program (and do that),” he said.

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Originally published in April 2012