Skate Canada unveils team for worlds
Patrick Chan will get another chance to prove his worth after a remarkable performance at the Canadian figure skating championships.
On Sunday, Skate Canada CEO William Thompson and high-performance director Mike Slipchuk announced the teams for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Tokyo this March.
In addition to Chan, the freshly crowned national champion, Canadian ice dance champs Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier will also represent their country along with 12 other chosen skaters.
"Our goal has been to develop depth and medal contenders in all four disciplines," said Thompson. "Our athletes have responded and we will be sending very strong teams to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships."
Chan, a two-time world silver medallist, displayed poise unlike any other in Sunday’s long program, landing two flawless quad jumps en route to the victory and leaving a lasting impression on the world of figure skating.
"I've been to world championships, I've judged world championships and I've never seen a free-skate performance like [Chan's] in my life," said Thompson. "That one was incredible, absolutely incredible."
Despite already tasting success this season, the 20-year-old Chan isn’t content with stopping there and is already looking ahead to the worlds.
"I think what I can improve this season — there's one more competition to go — is just ride this wave and really learn from this and bundle it up and take it on the plane," Chan said.
Other notable names on the team include 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, as well as new Canadian champ Cynthia Phaneuf, who finished fifth at the 2010 world championships.
Here is Canada's full team:
- Patrick Chan
- Shawn Sawyer
- Joey Russell
- Cynthia Phaneuf
- Myriane Samson
- Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch
- Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford
- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir
- Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier
- Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
With files from The Canadian Press