Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan skated to another silver medal at the world figure skating championships in Turin, Italy, on Thursday.
Chan, who entered Thursday's free skate in second place, held on to that position and finished 10.48 points behind Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, who took the world title with the best free skate performance and total score of 257.70.
Brian Joubert of France won the bronze with 241.74.
For Chan, the second-place finish matches his previous world championship result, when he took silver in Los Angeles in 2009. It's also a post-Olympic boost for the 19-year-old Toronto native, who finished a disappointing fifth in Vancouver.
"To come out of here with two silver medals in a row is just amazing," Chan said. "I hope the two silvers will add up to a gold next year."
The world championship field was missing the top two finishers in the men's event at the Vancouver Games: Evan Lysacek of the United States and Russia's Evgeny Plushenko did not enter the competition. The Olympics may have been the final skate for Lysacek in competition, while Plushenko pulled out last week because of an injury.
Chan came into the free skate sitting with 87.80 points, second behind leader Takahashi's benchmark of 89.30 and just one-tenth of a point ahead of Joubert.
Skating to a selection from the musical Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chan had a shaky start, touching down his free foot on the opening triple Axel, double-toe combination but regaining his composure with the following double-toe jump.
Chan nailed a triple Axel but fell later on a triple-loop attempt.
"Of course it's disappointing, my heart rate was really racing when Daisuke was skating," Chan said. "Silver medal is a gold medal for me this year, considering all the hardships from the beginning."
Next year will be a breeze: Chan
The world championships ended a roller-coaster season for the young skater, who endured a torn calf muscle that sidelined him for most of the early season, and a sudden coaching change when Don Laws quit.
"I think this is by far the most challenging season — the season I'll remember the most —because I learned 80 per cent of what I have to learn in my athletic career in this one year," Chan said. "So next year will be a breeze."
Takahashi, the Olympic bronze medallist and the leader after the short program, scored 168.40 in the free skate for a total of 257.70, capturing Japan's first men's title.
"It was hard but I did the best performance of my year here in Turin," Takahashi said. "I'm proud to be the first Japanese man to win a world title even if I didn't give a perfect performance."
Joubert's performance — set to Ancient Land, by Ronan Hardiman — was loaded with jumps and included a quad-toe, double-toe combo to start. followed promptly by another successful quad.
Third after the short program, he landed two quads. However, the 2007 world champion fell on a triple Lutz attempt , which cost him a point deduction.
Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., used a season-best performance in the free skate to finish 11th. That result, combined with Chan's second-place finish, adds a third Canadian entry for next year's world championship.
Reynolds, 19, got his shot in Turin only after an injury to Vaughn Chipeur of Edmonton allowed him a spot. But Reynolds used the opportunity to impress — his skate to a medley of songs by Led Zeppelin brought him a score of 145.38, eighth best among all skaters on the day. That helped him leapfrog up the standings from 14th spot after the short program to finish with a combined total of 216.58.
Reynolds started Thursday's skate strongly, nailing a quad Salchow, but on his next jump — a quad-toe — he touched down with his free foot before missing his first attempt at the triple Axel.
With the crowd clapping in synch with Whole Lotta Love, Reynolds completed a triple-loop, triple-toe combo and followed up with a triple Axel, triple-toe. He kept the overall lead until Italy's Samuel Contesti eclipsed Reynold's overall score with nine skaters remaining.
Reynolds finished third at the Canadian championships in London in January and was notable as the first skater to land a quad in the short program during this week's competition in Turin.