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Chan skates to gold at Grand Prix final
BEIJING — Canada’s Patrick Chan landed another quad and in doing so made the jump to the top of the podium at the ISU Grand Prix final.
The Toronto skater captured the gold medal at the figure skating event for the first time, edging out Nobunari Oda of Japan with a solid performance in Saturday’s free skate.
Chan’s previous best at the competition was fifth place in 2007 and ‘08.
“It feels great to get the victory. I always wanted to do well at this event,” said the 19-year-old Chan, a silver medallist at the world championships the past two years.
“It was important for me going into the next part of the season to put down two solid programs. I really learned a lot with how I prepared physically and mentally for this competition.”
Also Saturday, Vanessa Crone of North York, Ont., and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., won bronze in ice dancing.
Chan, who landed his first career quadruple jump earlier this season at Skate Canada, opened his program with a solid quad toeloop — his second of the GP— en route to a season-best 259.75 points. He also landed the quad in Friday’s short program.
“It was really important to get that quad at this point in the season,” said Chan, whose skate Saturday also included a triple Axel and two triple Lutzs. He did, however, step out in his second Axel.
“I need to know that I can do it on a consistent basis and keep it together. And to land that first triple Axel was a big highlight as well, because I was able to quickly regain focus after the quad. The entire program had a lot of energy.”