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Figure skating: Patrick Chan on a 'new wave of confidence'

Figure skating: Patrick Chan on a 'new wave of confidence'

Canadian gold medal figure skating hopeful Patrick Chan spoke to the international media Wednesday for the first time since arriving in Vancouver for the Winter Games and maintained he’s less nervous now that he’s here.

The 19-year-old Chan of Toronto was a world silver medallist last year and is considered among the favourites for the men’s singles gold along with 2006 Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, 2009 world champion Evan Lysacek and teammate Jeremy Abbott, both of the U.S.; former world champion Brian Joubert of France; Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland and Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.

“I was actually feeling more pressure before coming here,” said Chan. “Now that I’m here I’m feeling a new wave [of confidence]. I’m having an awesome time. I feel lucky to be here.”

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