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Patrick wins GOLD at Skate Canada 2010

Patrick wins GOLD at Skate Canada 2010

Toronto Sun October 31, 2010
Mike Koreen, QMI Agency

KINGSTON – With many of its heavyweights sidelined, Skate Canada was hoping some of its younger athletes would step up this weekend.

Mission accomplished.

Marquee performer Patrick Chan led a five-medal haul for the home side at Skate Canada International, which featured promising performances by some Canadians who hope to peak at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“From my perspective, I am delighted,” Skate Canada CEO William Thompson said. “It exceeded my expectations. I’m really pleased with … how this competition came off.

“What we were looking for coming was that some of our younger athletes would start to show that brilliance we knew they had and get that depth coming so we weren’t (only) talking about our established stars. They really achieved that this week.”

Granted, they did so against a field that was short on star power on an international scale — not out of the ordinary for a post-Olympic season.

But success has to start somewhere — and there is no better place than a senior Grand Prix. Read more