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Sochi Olympics: Athlete of the Day 2/14

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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Meet Patrick Chan, Figure Skater, Team Canada!

  • AGE 23 (DECEMBER 31, 1990)
  • HEIGHT 5' 6"
  • BIRTHPLACE OTTAWA, ONTARIO
  • RESIDENCE DETROIT, MICHIGAN
  • FIRST OLYMPICS 2010

With expectations heaped on his 19-year-old shoulders, Chan came up short at the Vancouver Olympics, placing fifth after winning silver at the 2009 World Championships. But since then the Canadian has mostly dominated on the international scene, winning the last three World Championships leading up to Sochi. The reigning and six-time Canadian national champion, now 23, has landed on the medal stand of every international competition he's skated in since Vancouver, as well.

Career highlights:

  • 2008-2014 Canadian National Championships - Gold
  • 2013 Grand Prix Final - Silver
  • 2011-2013 World Championships - Gold
  • 2010 Olympic Games - Fifth
  • 2010 World Championships - Silver
  • 2009 World Championships - Silver 

Things to know:

1. At the 2010 Vancouver Games, Chan reached out to countryman and hockey star Sidney Crosby for advice on how to handle the Olympic pressure.

2. Off the ice, Patrick likes to mix up his training routine, playing basketball and hockey, practicing yoga and doing plyometric exercises with a personal trainer.

3. A Canadian with parents who were born in China, Chan speaks English, French and Cantonese, though his French is better than his Cantonese, he says.

More:

Chan looks to break 'Canadian curse' with Olympic gold medal

Getting to know Patrick: 13 things on Chan

by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM
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MamaMandee
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 7:22 PM

He is an awesome skater! 

SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

I saw him skate last night. He seems very talented.

momofsixangels
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM

We used to go to canada every summer when I was growing up in MN.Its really beautiful there

momofsixangels
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 9:57 PM
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Quoting SarahSuzyQ:

I saw him skate last night. He seems very talented.

He sure does

SarahSuzyQ
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Where in Canada did you guys go? I have not been to the plains parts of Canada too much, although I did drive through what felt like a large swath of Ontario this winter over the holidays.

Quoting momofsixangels:

We used to go to canada every summer when I was growing up in MN.Its really beautiful there


momofsixangels
by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM


Quoting SarahSuzyQ:

Where in Canada did you guys go? I have not been to the plains parts of Canada too much, although I did drive through what felt like a large swath of Ontario this winter over the holidays.

Quoting momofsixangels:

We used to go to canada every summer when I was growing up in MN.Its really beautiful there


We went to Winnipeg.We went to bet on the horse races.The city was beautiful.Very classy

MamaMandee
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:51 PM
He sure is!

Quoting SarahSuzyQ:

I saw him skate last night. He seems very talented.

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MamaMandee
by on Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Patrick had some issues in his last skate but he did pull out a silver medal.
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