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Chan on top of the world

Chan on top of the world

The London Free Press, May 2, 2011

Chan on top of the world

By Ryan Pyette

here was one enduring image of men’s figure skating at the Vancouver Olympics.

It wasn’t Patrick Chan’s disappointment over his fifth-place finish or American Evan Lysacek’s golden celebration.

It was the unimpressed mug of Russian star Yevgeny Plushenko, the reluctant silver medalist who couldn’t fathom how skaters without quad jumps were even in Olympic and world title contention.

That debate over the value of the quad dominated the competition and drove a wedge through the skating world. It had Canadian skating hero Elvis Stojko in line with Plushenko’s line of thinking and at odds with skaters like Chan.

And in the aftermath, one obvious question was regurgitated:

what would an ideal skater look like once he put together the total package of big jumps, fancy footwork, elements and artistry?

The answer? An awful lot like Chan did in winning his first world men’s title Thursday at Moscow’s Megasport Arena.