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Patrick Chan: Champion for the Springs

Patrick Chan: Champion for the Springs

Colorado Springs Independent, May 5, 2011

By Ralph Routon

He moved here more than a year ago, looking for new momentum in his promising but unfulfilled figure skating career. He thought the training atmosphere in Colorado Springs, the coaching as well as the altitude and being around other skaters, would help him come closer to realizing his immense potential.

Last weekend in Moscow, the ultimate reward finally came for Patrick Chan.

Not only did he dominate the field in winning the men’s title at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships, the 20-year-old Chan also rewrote every world record along the way. His short program earned 93.02 points, beating the mark of former Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko. Chan’s long program, including two quad jumps, totaled 187.96 points, far ahead of his nearest rivals. And his total of 280.98 points obliterated the former record of 264.41 by Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi.