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Silver medallist Chan unsure of figure skating future

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2/15/2014 6:40:27 AM
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After coming up short in his quest for a gold medal in Sochi, Olympic silver medallist Patrick Chan isn't sure about his future in figure skating.

At a press conference after the event, Chan was asked whether he was going to skate in the world championships next month in Japan, where he would be going for a fourth consecutive title. He was non-committal in his response.

"I don't know if I could go to another one now. I'm pretty exhausted," Chan said. It definitely does drain you and you lose perspective."

Chan told CBC's Olympic Daytime that all he's focused on is enjoying the rest of the Games.

"Right now I have in mind this hockey game I'm going to, USA-Russia, and enjoying my time here and celebrating with my teammates," he said. "We're young, we have a lot ahead in our lives, but we're going to remember this moment together."

Chan was just behind 19-year-old Japanese phenom Yuzuru Hanyu after the men's short program was completed, essentially making it a two-man race for the gold medal.

The door swung wide open for Chan after Hanyu stumbled through his long program. Skating immediately after Hanyu, Chan looked to be on his way to gold after landing his first quad.

But the three-time reigning world champion stumbled through the rest of his program and couldn't overtake Hanyu, finishing the long program with a score of 178.10, behind Hanyu's 178.64.

That left Chan with the silver for the second consecutive Olympics.

Though the disappointment was palpable, Chan remained positive, and continued to speak in terms of his overall career.

"For the first time I can say I'm a seven-time national champion, three-time world champion, [and] two-time silver medallist at the Olympic Games and that's huge," he said. "I don't know any other skater who has done that. It's a tremendous career.

"I don't want to look at the medals and successes I've had, I want to look at how I've changed the sport."

No Canadian man has ever won a singles gold in Olympic figure skating. Brian Orser won silver in 1984 and again in 1988, the latter of which saw him edged by a tenth of a point by American Brian Boitano. Elvis Stojko, a three-time world champion as well, won Olympic silver twice, in 1994 and 1998.

Patrick Chan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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