Figure Skating

World champion Chan leads after men's short program

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The Canadian Press
1/19/2013 1:15:40 PM
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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- Two-time world champion Patrick Chan won the men's short program on Friday at the Canadian figure skating championships with his first clean program of the season.

Chan scored 94.63, landing a huge quad and triple Axel and staying on his feet for perhaps the first time in what's been a rocky season. The 22-year-old said he watched Kaetlyn Osmond's short program on his TV in his hotel room and drew inspiration from the young Osmond.

"I admire her because she just goes out and has a blast, she goes out and doesn't care about the results, which I guess is good to be young," Chan said. "When I was young I had that same mentality, where I didn't really care. She's singing before she's going out to skate. But she lands her jumps like no problem. Tons of flow."

Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., scored 85.32 for second, while Liam Firus of North Vancouver, B.C., scored 75.33 for third.

In pairs Friday, defending champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford hold a slim lead over Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch after the short program.

Chan has struggled this season, finishing second at Skate Canada in October in his first loss in a major international event in a year-and-a-half, and then was third at the Grand Prix Final.

He said he'd like to be able to approach his skating with Osmond's mindset.

"To put myself more in that situation, in that mental space, even if I feel nervous and under pressure, it's kind of a go-to thing to say, 'Hey you know what, I'm here to have a good time.' I've won all these medals before, except the Olympics, so that gives me the chance to just relax and enjoy myself and do big quads."

Patrick Chan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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