Chan breaks his own limits in Paris
Patrick Chan of Canada skated off with the men’s gold, setting new personal best scores on the way. Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu claimed the silver medal and Jason Brown (USA) picked up the bronze.
Chan delivered a flawless performance of his “Four Seasons” program, reeling off a quad-triple toeloop combination, another quad toe, triple Axel as well as five more triples and level-four footwork. The three-time World Champion set a new personal best for himself in the free skating with 196. 75 points and overall with 295.27 points, surpassing his own record scores set at the ISU World Championships 2011.
“Today was a challenge, because I have done very well in the short program in the past and haven’t had the best track record with the long program. I kind of set a goal and I wanted of course skate a clean long program which I have done in practice. I was of course nervous and a bit worried, but I really thought about what I think in training. The trick I found is just to take one element at a time.” Chan said.
Hanyu overcame a shaky start into his “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota when he missed the take-off of his quad Salchow and crashed on the quad toe, to hit eight triples including two Axels. The 18-year-old earned 168.22 points and accumulated 263.59 points overall.
“For the quad Salchow I had too much power in my body and then I was thinking too much about missing the quad Salchow and the quad toe didn’t go well either. But then I calmed down and I think I did a good performance after that and that was nice for me.” the reigning Grand Prix Final silver medalist explained.
Brown’s Irish themed program to “Reel Around the Sun” featured seven triples as well as level four spins and footwork. The 2013 World Junior silver medalist posted a new personal best with 158.32 points and had 243.09 points overall to win his first medal at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating.
“It’s so exciting and to be on the podium with two most incredible guys is just a dream come true. I was so excited to skate the way I did. I know I messed up the second Axel, but I’m very excited about how I thought on my feet and re-arranged some of the other jumps in my program to make up for that.” the 18-year-old commented.
Han Yan (CHN) remained in fourth place at 214.23 points. Michal Brezinza (CZE) pulled up from sixth to fifth at 206.22 points and Nan Song (CHN) came sixth (204.73 points).
With two victories on the circuit, Chan is the top qualifier for the Grand Prix Final right now (30 points). Hanyu made it with two second places (26 points). Brown won’t make it (18 points), but Yan (24 points) has a good chance to be in Fukuoka.