Patrick Chan finishes 2nd in season debut at Finlandia Trophy
Toronto skater joins teammates Duhamel-Radford and Osmond on the podium
In his first event of the 2016-17 season, Patrick Chan skated his way to second-place finish at the ISU Challenger Series Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland, on Sunday.
The Toronto skater finished the men's competition with 248.73 points while first place went to American Nathan Chen with a score of 256.44. Maxim Kovtun of Russia took third place.
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Chan sat in third after scoring 84.95 in Saturday's short program, right behind Chen and two spots behind Russian skater Kovtun.
But the Toronto skater's performance in Sunday's free program bumped him up to second in the competition. Chan's skate was awarded a 164.14 points, second only to Chen who scored 168.94.
"I had a great start to my free skate which really showed how well my training's been going,'' said Chan. "I haven't been this ready this early in the season in the past.
"I got a lot of confidence and learned a lot about the program. I'm happy with the result and I know I'm going to get better."
The Finlandia Trophy was not only Chan's first competition of the season, but his first official event under his new coaching team made up of Marina Zoueva, Oleg Epstein, and Johnny Johns. He and his previous coach Kathy Johnson parted ways in August after working together for four years.
Chan joins other Canadians on podium
Chan was not the only Canadian to make the podium in Finland.
Ontario skating duo Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford finished first in the pairs competition. 20-year-old Kaetlyn Osmond from Marystown, N.L., also made it to the top spot in the ladies' competition.
The Finlandia Trophy is one of the first events of the skating season and considered a warm-up for the ISU Grand Prix season. The next scheduled Grand Prix series is Skate Canada from Oct. 27 - 30. Chan will be skating in the Mississauga, Ont., event alongside fellow Canadians Radford and Duhamel, singles skater Alaine Chartrand, and ice dancing partners Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue. Skate Canada will be the duo's first Canadian competition after returning from a two-year hiatus.