Chan wins gold at SKI


Patrick Chan, 19, captured gold in the men’s singles at the Skate Canada International meet on Saturday.

He landed his first quad in competition on Saturday as well, after missing it in the men’s short program on Friday. He then lost focus and fell on a triple Axel. He finished the routine strongly, though, landing a triple Lutz, as well as a triple Axel double toe loop combination.

The large surprise of the competition was Amélie Lacoste. She jumped from fifth in the short program to finish in third at the end of the women’s singles, coming away with the bronze medal.

Cynthia Phaneuf, winner of the women’s short program, finished in fourth place after falling on two triple Lutzs and changing her two other triples into a single and a double. She only landed two triple jumps in the free-skate final and finished with 156.24 points. She said she probably will not compete at next year’s Skate Canada International.

Canadian skating duo Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch won silver in the pairs competition, just 0.48 points from the gold. Fellow Canadians Paige Lawrence, 20, and Rudi Swiegers, 23, earned the bronze with 161.15 points. Moore-Towers, 18, and Moscovitch, 26, skated a personal best 170.92 points for a second-place finish. They were substitutes for Dubé and Davison, who withdrew due to an injury.

Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir withdrew from the competition after Virtue underwent surgery. Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette will not compete at this year’s Grand Prix circuit as she mourns the death of her mother.