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Figure skating star Chan calls it quits

Canadian hero Patrick Chan has announced his retirement from figure skating.

The 27-year-old won team gold at PyeongChang and silver in the team and singles at Sochi 2014.

He also claimed three consecutive world titles from 2011 to 2013, and a record 10 national crowns.

Chan confirmed his retirement in a Skate Canada press release.



Chan had hinted as long ago as 2016 that he would quit after the 2018 season.

With Yuzuru Hanyu and Nathan Chen incorporating numerous quad jumps into their routines, Chan has had a technical disadvantage.

And his ninth place in the PyeongChang singles event persuaded him to hang up his skates.

Early promise

Born in Ottawa to immigrants from Hong Kong, Chan started skating aged five.

His career took off in his mid-teens and his third appearance at the World Juniors in 2007 yielded a silver medal.

Chan took the transition to the senior ranks in his stride.

He took third place in Skate America before securing his first national title in 2008 at the age of 17.

Then at 18, he took silver in the 2009 World Championships.

He made his Olympic debut on home ice at Vancouver 2010, but a disappointing short program left him out of the medals.

Purple patch

Chan quickly bounced back to dominate for the next three years.

His first world title came in April 2011 in Moscow, outscoring his rivals by more than 32 points thanks to world records in both the short program and free skate.

He retained his crown in Nice with a certain Yuzuru Hanyu taking bronze.

And a year later in London, Ontario – two hours’ drive from his home in Toronto, Chan edged out Denis Ten for a third consecutive world title.

But Hanyu assumed his throne at Sochi 2014.

The Japanese set a world record in the short program, and held off Chan in the free to take gold.

Hanyu also won the world title with Chan skipping the competition and taking the next season off.

When the Canadian returned to action, he beat Hanyu to win Skate Canada for a fifth time.

And in October 2016, he finished ahead of the Olympic champion again for a record sixth triumph.

But Chan’s relative lack of quad jumps saw him struggle in top international competition.

Final hurrah

Chan was still the best male skater in his country.

His record 10th national title in January set him up for his third and final Olympics.

And he was key to Canada’s gold in the team event, taking third in the men’s short program, and first place in the free skate.

But Chan was unable to repeat those performances in the singles with his execution of jumps letting him down as he finished ninth.

Now he plans to open a skating academy in his new hometown Vancouver, where he lives with his girlfriend, former pairs skater Elizabeth Putnam.


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