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Patrick Chan

Patrick Chan
  • Born: 12/31/1990
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 173cm
  • Weight: 67kg
  • Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

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Patrick Chan is a three-time world figure skating champion, a two-time Grand Prix Final champion and a two-time Four Continents champion. At Sochi 2014 he added two Olympic medals to his resumé, winning silver in both the team and the men’s events.

On January 11, 2014 Chan won his seventh consecutive title at the Canadian National Skating Championships.

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A Brief of History of Patrick Chan

Born Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan in Ottawa, Chan was raised in Toronto and early on dreamt of a career on the ice. When he was five, Chan wanted to start playing hockey but his parents encouraged him to first start with figure skating so that he could become a good skater.

Patrick Chan became an excellent skater and won the 2008 Canadian National Skating Championships at 17, becoming the youngest Canadian figure skater ever to win the competition.

Since then, Chan has gone on to win six more Canadian titles, three World Figure Skating Championships, two Four Continents championships and two Grand Prix Final titles.

From Heart-Breaking Loss to Record-Breaking Victory

Patrick Chan first represented Team Canada on the Olympic stage at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, where he placed fifth in the men’s event.

Chan says the lowest point of his career, missing out on a medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Olympics became a catalyst for turning his figure skating around.

In the year following the Olympics, Patrick Chan was unbeatable in every figure skating competition he entered.

He won his first world championship title in 2011 in Moscow, where he set three world records for his short and free programs and total score.

Patrick Chan continued his winning streak, taking the world champion title in Nice in 2012 and in London in 2013.

Patrick Chan’s Road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Patrick Chan was favoured to win Olympic figure skating gold in the men’s competition at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

He had a successful season leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In October, Patrick Chan won his fourth Skate Canada International title.

Chan also broke his own world record in the men’s short program at the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard competition in Paris.

In December, Patrick Chan took silver at the ISU Grand Prix Final in Japan’s Fukuoka.

Team Canada

At the conclusion of Canadian National Skating Championships in January, Skate Canada announced their choices to the Canadian Olympic Committee of who would compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

(In 2000, the Canadian Figure Skating Association changed its name to Skate Canada.)

On January 12, the Canadian Olympic Committee officially announced Canada’s Olympic Figure Skating team on where Patrick Chan had a leading role.

Canadian figure skaters also qualified for the team figure event, which makes its Olympic debut. During the Games’ first figure skating event, Team Canada including Patrick Chan will compete against the United States, Japan and host nation Russia.

Coaches and the Quad Jump

When Patrick Chan won the 2005 Canadian Junior Championship, his first figure skating coach Osborne Colson was by his side.

Colson used to coach the legendary figure skater Barbara Ann Scott, the golden girl of post-war Canadian figure skating. She became the first Canadian figure skater to win Olympic gold in 1948 in London.

Former coach Christy Krall is credited with helping Patrick Chan to develop the all- important quad jump with the help of the Dartfish software, which analyzes athlete performance.

Canadian figure skater Kurt Browning landed the first four revolution quad jumps at the 1988 World Figure Skating Championships in Budapest.

During her time as coach, Krall also developed Chan’s detailed diet and fitness plan, which have contributed to his success as a world-class figure skater.

Patrick Chan’s current team consists of coach Kathy Johnson, a trained modern dance coach, and his choreographers David Wilson and Jeffrey Buttle. Buttle is the 2008 world champion and took bronze at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino.

With the help of his team, Patrick Chan has developed a graceful, refined style, with his speed on the ice allowing him the luxury of artistry when executing the most challenging technical elements.

Patrick Chan recently moved his home and training base from Colorado Springs to Detroit, and now divides his time between Motown and Toronto.

Awards and the Queen’s Medal

Patrick Chan has received several awards, highlighting his achievements on the ice.

In 2007 and 2012, Chan won the Jean Lumb Award, for the 10th and 15th respective Anniversary Commemorative Award for Outstanding Achievement.

In 2011, he received the Lionel Conacher award (the Canadian Press’ Canadian male athlete of the year), Sportsnet’s Canadian Athlete of the Year and QMI Agency’s Canadian Male athlete of the year. Patrick Chan also earned the Lou Marsh prize, awarded by the Toronto Star, as the country’s most outstanding athlete of the year.

In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Inspiration for Future Canadian Figure Skaters

Since 2008, Patrick Chan has participated in the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Adopt-an-Athlete program, teaching and mentoring young elementary school children about health and fitness.

Chan also works with young Canadian figure skaters through the Participation program, which involves surprise rink visits.

For the last eight years, Patrick Chan has also been a Ronald McDonald House ambassador.

Patrick Chan’s Life After Sochi

Following the Olympics, Patrick Chan will re-join Canadian figure skaters Kurt Browning, Joannie Rochette and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on the Stars on Ice spring tour. Chan made his Stars on Ice debut in 2013.

In 2009, Patrick Chan graduated as an Ontario Scholar from École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé in Toronto. He deferred acceptance to university, planning on a future Baccalaureate in economics, business and international languages (Chan speaks English, Cantonese and French fluently).

Patrick Chan continues to study English and math part time, and says his only vice is - video games.

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2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesFigure SkatingSingles - Men - 5
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesFigure SkatingSingles - Men - Silver
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesFigure SkatingTeam - Mixed - Silver
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