A silver medal for Patrick Chan at the world figure skating championships last night felt like gold, he said after atoning for a frustrating season of injury and disappointment.
The 19-year-old skater from Toronto had to endure hardships all season -illness, his first major injury, being unprepared for the Skate Canada Grand Prix event last November, skating badly, and trying to play catch-up all Olympic season.
“From the beginning at Skate Canada, it got better and better,” Chan said. “I’ve been learning so much. I think this is by far the most challenging season. The season I’ll remember because I learned 80 per cent of what I have to learn in my competitive career in this one year. So next year will be a breeze.”