Figure skater Patrick Chan on his way up
At the highest level, figure skating blends athleticism, power and strength with artistry, grace and pageantry. Canadians have shone along with the world's finest. CBC Digital Archives looks back over decades of gravity-defying throws, complex footwork, colourful costumes and complicated scoring systems.
• In 2009 Chan successfully defended his title as Canadian champion, and went on the place second at the world figure skating championships.
• Later that year, an injury to his calf kept Chan from competing while it healed. In his return to competition, at an international contest in Kitchener, Ont., he placed a disappointing sixth.
• At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Chan placed fifth overall.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: March 20, 2008
Guest(s): Patrick Chan, Don Laws, Lori Nichol
Reporter: Tom Harrington
Last updated: February 15, 2012
Page consulted on August 21, 2012