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Olympics: Disappointed Chan denies 'Canadian curse'

Three-time world figure skating champion Patrick Chan admitted the Olympic gold had slipped through his fingers on Friday but denied a "Canadian curse" had prevented him from winning the coveted title. Chan, skating immediately after eventual champion Yuzuru Hanyu in the men's free skating final, had a wonderful chance to top the podium after an error-strewn performance from the Japanese youngster at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

Chan battles rivals, devil on his shoulder

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Figure skating veteran Yevgeny Plushenko is the "talk of the town" following his controversial selection for the Sochi Olympics, but world champion Patrick Chan is more concerned about the threat posed by Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi. The 31-year-old Plushenko was picked as Russia's only male skater earlier this month despite failing to win his country's national championships.

Figure Skating-Chan battles rivals, devil on his shoulder

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Figure skating veteran Yevgeny Plushenko is the "talk of the town" following his controversial selection for the Sochi Olympics, but world champion Patrick Chan is more concerned about the threat posed by Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu and Daisuke Takahashi. The 31-year-old Plushenko was picked as Russia's only male skater earlier this month despite failing to win his country's national championships.

Olympics: Chan takes to Sochi ice as Plushenko flies in

Olympic favourite Patrick Chan said Tuesday he was relishing renewing his rivalry with Russian superstar Yevgeny Plushenko as the Canadian found his feet on the ice of Sochi. Three-time world champion Chan arrived last Friday and has had the ice of the Iceberg Skating Palace to himself as he fine-tunes his bid for Canada's first men's Olympic figure skating gold. Plushenko, who only got the nod to join the Russian team two weeks ago, arrived in Sochi on Tuesday as the 2006 Olympic champion, aged 31, bids for a medal at a fourth consecutive Games.

Olympics: Chan - a skater forged by his Chinese heritage

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan will bid to become the first Canadian man to stand on top of the men's figure skating podium in Sochi. But the son of Chinese emigrants who settled in Canada, Chan who grew up in Toronto speaking French, Cantonese and English admits that he is a skater whose iron will has been forged by his Asian heritage. His mother, Karen, emigrated from Hong Kong to Canada at the age of 21 to study. His father, Lewis, now a lawyer in Toronto, arrived from Hong Kong aged 5 and grew up in Montreal.

Chan peaking towards the 300-mark barrier

By Pritha Sarkar (Reuters) - When a five-year-old Patrick Chan took his first wobbly steps on a skating rink, he piled on the warm layers on his skinny frame to escape the chill. Little did he know that over the next 18 years he would have to develop a thick skin - literally. As the winner of three successive world titles, Chan would have expected to be showered with plaudits and hailed as the man who could finally end Canada's century-long wait for a men's Olympic champion at the Sochi Games.

Figure Skating: Chan eyes tweaks to outfox rivals in Sochi

Three-time reigning men's world champion Patrick Chan was fine-tuning his routines for the Sochi Winter Olympics even as he won his seventh title at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. "I'm learning from this, not just going out and having a blast," Chan said Sunday. "It's also a lot of last minute tweaks because my plan is to go to the Olympics and win." Chan was named to the Canadian Olympic squad Sunday, a day after defending his national title.

Figure skating: Hanyu beats Chan to win GP Final title

Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu beat three-time world champion Patrick Chan for two straight nights to win the Grand Prix Final title Friday, stalling the Canadian's bid for an elusive Olympic gold. Hanyu, who shattered Chan's world short programme record overnight, fell in his opening quadruple salchow as he skated to "Romeo and Juliet" by Nino Rota.

Figure skating: Hanyu beats Chan to win GP Final title

Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu beat three-time world champion Patrick Chan for two straight nights to win the Grand Prix Final title Friday, stalling the Canadian's bid for an elusive Olympic gold. Hanyu, who broke Chan's short programme record overnight, fell in his opening quadruple. But the teenager, who turns 19 on Saturday, went on with a series of excellent jumps, spins and steps to earn 193.41 points in the free skate for a total of 293.25, improving his personal best scores along the way.

Figure skating: Next stop Fukuoka in Chan quest for Olympic gold

World champion Patrick Chan's next step in his bid to become Canada's first men's Olympic figure skating champion takes him to Fukuoka where he will face his Japanese rivals after a golden start to the season put him through to next month's Grand Prix final. The 22-year-old set world best scores on his way to claiming his second Grand Prix gold of the season at the Trophee Bompard in Paris to book his ticket to the final in Japan from December 5-8 after also winning Skate Canada.
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