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Patrick Chan Biography,Career,Age and Awards

Patrick Chan Biography

Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan is a Canadian figure skater. He is the 2014 Olympic silver medalist in the men’s and team events, a three-time World champion (2011, 2012, 2013), a two-time Grand Prix Final champion 2010 and 2011, a three-time Four Continents champion (2009, 2012, 2016), and a nine-time Canadian national champion (2008–2014, 2016–2017). Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan was born in December 31, 1990 in Ottawa, Ontario. He has no siblings. His parents, Lewis Chan, a lawyer, and Karen, immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong. Arriving there at the age of 4, Lewis grew up in Montreal, Quebec and pursued table tennis, golf and weight-lifting. Karen, who won both singles and doubles tennis championships in her native city, moved to Canada in her 20s in order to continue her studies. Chan is of Han Chinese descent. His Chinese name is Chan Wai-Kuan. At the age of 5, Chan showed talent in downhill skiing, but focused on other sports after his family moved to Toronto. He has an enduring interest in many sports, including taekwondo, tennis, golf and mountain climbing.

Chan is fluent in English, French, and Cantonese. His parents wanted him to be multilingual, so at home his father spoke French to him, his mother Cantonese, and he learned English from his daily life in Canada. Chan graduated from École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé, a French-language school in North York, Toronto in 2009, prolonging his high school education by an extra year because of his skating. After Chan became national champion, the school created an annual sporting award in his honour. Chan said he planned to enroll in college in September 2011 and considered pursuing a business degree. He decided to study international economics at Colorado College, taking one course at a time so as to facilitate his training. He intends to study social sciences at the University of Toronto starting in the fall of 2014.

Chan has won numerous off-ice awards for his accomplishments. The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, in January 2008, conferred Chan with the 2007 Chinese Canadian Youth of the Year award. In May 2008, Chan was named Asian of the Year in arts and sports by Asia Network magazine. In January 2009, the Globe and Mail named Chan as one of the most prominent sports personalities in their annual Power List in Canadian sports.

Patrick Chan Career

Patrick Chan started skating at age five. He originally wanted to learn to skate to play hockey, but soon became interested in figure skating. His coach, Osborne Colson, made him spend 30 minutes a day on basic stroking, edge work, cross-cutting and balance drills. Chan said, “I tell people I owe the flow in my knees and the flow I generate from my edges to Mr. Colson. He knew he had to pull everything apart and start from the ground up on the basics of skating.”Chan in 2001, won the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior National Championships at the juvenile level, the lowest qualifying level in the Canadian figure skating competition structure, at the age of ten. He moved up to win the pre-novice Canadian national title in 2003, the novice title in 2004, and the junior title in 2005. His gold at the Junior level of the 2005 Canadian Championships earned him a place at the 2005 World Junior Championships where he placed seventh. At the age of fourteen, he was the youngest skater at the event.

In the 2005–06 season, Chan made his Junior Grand Prix debut. He won the gold medal at the event in Montreal and placed fourth at the event in Slovakia. He qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final, where he placed fifth. He made his senior national debut at the 2006 Canadian Championships. He placed seventh and earned a spot at the 2006 World Junior Championships, where he placed sixth. In the 2006–07 season, Chan made the choice to move up to the senior Grand Prix, despite only having one Junior international medal. He was sixteen. He was assigned two Grand Prix events, and made his senior international debut at the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard, where he placed fifth. He later placed seventh at the 2006 NHK Trophy. Chan competed at the 2007 Canadian Championships in Halifax and placed fifth. This earned him his third consecutive spot at the World Junior Championships, where he won the silver medal, becoming the first Canadian men’s skater since 1984 to win a medal at the event.

Chan began the 2007–08 Grand Prix season at the 2007 Skate America, where he won the bronze medal. He then went on to win gold at the 2007 Trophée Eric Bompard. He placed fifth at the 2007–08 Grand Prix Final. At the 2008 Canadian Championships Chan won the national title at age seventeen. It was incorrectly reported that he had become the youngest Canadian men’s champion in history – a record held by Charles Snelling, who was 16 at the time of his 1954 victory. Chan competed at the 2008 World Championships in March. He placed seventh in the short program and eleventh in the free skating, placing ninth overall. Canada had two spots to 2008 Worlds. Chan’s placement, combined with that of Jeffrey Buttle, who won the event, earned Canada three spots to the 2009 World Championships in the men’s event. In May 2008, Chan performed in the show Festa On Ice in South Korea alongside show headliner Kim Yuna.

The 2008–09 season was Chan’s breakout season on the senior level. He won four gold medals and a silver at the World Championships. Chan began the 2008–09 season assigned to the 2008 Skate Canada International and to the 2008 Trophée Eric Bompard. He won the gold medal at both of these Grand Prix Events,thereby qualifying for the 2008–09 Grand Prix Final as the highest qualifier. He placed fifth in that event. He went to the 2009 Canadian Championships as the defending champion. He performed a clean short program and placed first in that segment of the competition with a score of 88.89 points. Going into the free skating with a 17.00 point lead, he stepped out from a triple flip, which was to be combined with a triple toe loop, but landed two triple axel jumps cleanly for the first time in his career. He won the free skating with 165.93 by a margin of 30.96 points, and took the lead with a total score of 254.82 points, a margin of 48.52 points over silver medalist Vaughn Chipeur. Chan qualified for both the 2009 Four Continents Championships and the 2009 World Championships.

At the Four Continents Championships, Chan placed first in the short program, in which he received level 4 for all his spins and for his straight-line footwork. He received a score of 88.90 points in that segment, by a lead over 7.25 points above the second-place finisher Evan Lysacek. At the free skating, he executed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, as well as a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination and he received level four for all his spins and straight-line footwork. Chan placed first in the free skating with a score of 160.29 points, and won the gold medal with a total of 249.19, 12.04 over silver medalist Evan Lysacek.At the 2009 World Championships, Chan placed third in the short program with a score of 82.55, behind Brian Joubert and Evan Lysacek. He placed second in the free skating with a score of 155.03 to win the silver medal behind Lysacek. He was eighteen.Chan competed for Canada at the 2009 World Team Trophy. Chan placed fourth in the men’s competition and Canada won the silver overall, behind the United States and placing ahead of Japan.

In July 2009, Chan landed a quad toe loop jump during a warm-up session at the 2009 Liberty Summer Competition. He did not land it in competition.Chan was assigned to the 2009 Rostelecom Cup and the 2009 Skate Canada International events for the 2009–10 ISU Grand Prix season.Chan contracted a suspected case of H1N1 swine flu during a high performance training camp in Vancouver. The antibiotics treating the illness weakened his muscles, and Chan experienced pain while jumping. This was eventually diagnosed as a gastrocnemius tear in his left calf muscle. It was Chan’s first major injury. Chan’s injury rehabilitation included a treatment in which his blood was drawn, spun and concentrated, and injected back into his injured muscle. Chan withdrew from the Rostelecom Cup before the event. He competed at the 2009 Skate Canada International, where he received 198.77 points and placed sixth.

Chan competed in the 2010 Canadian Championships ,in January 2010. He placed first in the short program with 90.14 points, 11.27 points ahead of Vaughn Chipeur, after making a mistake in a triple flip and receiving level fours for all his spins and his two step sequences. He won the free skating with a score of 177.88 points to earn 268.02 points overall. He won the gold medal with a lead of 45.92. He set a record score in the Canadian Championships. He was thereby named to the Olympic team, along with Chipeur. The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Chan’s home country, Canada. Chan scored 81.12 in the short program and placed seventh in that segment of the competition. In the free skating, he earned a new personal best score of 160.30 to place fourth at the night and fifth overall. Chan said later that the support of the audience at the event had made him realize how proud he was to be Canadian.

Chan competed once again at the 2010 World Championships. He placed second in the short program with 87.80 points, just 1.50 off the lead behind Daisuke Takahashi. He was placed second in the free skating with 159.42 points, 8.98 behind Takahashi, to win his second silver medal at the World Championships with a total of 247.22 points. Chan earned US$27,000 in prize money.During the off-season, he debuted his newest show program, skating to Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, at the Woodstock Skating Club in April 2010. He performed in the show Festa On Ice for the third consecutive year. He also performed in the show All That Skate LA, again headlined by Kim. Chan began the 2010–11 season at the 2010 Liberty Summer Competition where he debuted his new short program to the music of Take Five, a jazz piece. He placed first in the short program with a score of 78.88 points. In the same program, he landed his first quad jump in competition and was awarded a high grade of execution for the jump.Chan earned 149.91 points in his free skating, in which he missed the quad toe loop jump, but landed a triple axel-triple toe loop combination for his first time in competition. Overall he took first place with 228.79 points.

Chan won his fourth consecutive Canadian National title at the 2011 Canadian Championships. He placed first in the short program with 88.78 points after landing a quad toe loop and a triple flip-triple toe loop, though he doubled his intended triple axel. He won the free skating earning 197.07 after completing a quad toe loop, a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and six more triple jumps. This was the first time he landed two quad toe loops in the same program. Overall, he won the gold medal with 285.85 points. His free skating and combined total scores were a new record at the Canadian Nationals. At the 2011 World Championships held in Moscow after a delay of a month, Chan won the short program with a score of 93.02 points, a new world record. In the free skating, he picked up 187.96 points (another world record), giving him a total of 280.98 points for his two days of competition. In September, he received three Guinness World Records certificates for achieving world records in the short program, free skating, and overall score. During the off-season, Chan skated in shows in Beijing, Shanghai, Taiwan, and South Korea. He also worked on a quad salchow, although the triple salchow is not his strongest jump.

In the 2011–12 season, Chan was assigned to 2011 Skate Canada International and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard as his Grand Prix events. In the 2011 Skate Canada International, Chan placed third in the short program with 83.28 points and won the free skating with 170.46 to win the Gold medal at the event. He also won the 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard and directly qualified for the 2011–12 Grand Prix Final. Just before the Final, an interview was released that caused controversy; Chan and Skate Canada officials said his comments had been misconstrued. In December 2011, Chan competed in the 2011–12 Grand Prix Final. He placed first in the short program with 86.63 points, as well as in the free skating with 173.67 points, to win the gold medal 11.18 points ahead of Daisuke Takahashi.

In January 2012,Chan competed in the 2012 Canadian Championships. He earned 101.33 points for his short program after landing a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel and a triple lutz, and receiving level fours in his spins and footwork. He also got 10.00 in his program component scores. He also won the free skating with a score of 200.81 points, where he also got several 10.00 for his component marks. Overall he won his fifth Canadian title with 302.14 points, with a whopping 62.70-point lead over silver medalist Kevin Reynolds. He set a new record score at the Canadian Nationals.

Chan competed in the 2012 Four Continents Championships,in February 2012. He placed first in the short program with 87.95 points, 4.51 ahead of Takahito Mura. He also won the free skating earning 185.99 points, leading Daisuke Takahashi by 24.25 points in that segment of the competition, and got a 10.00 for his program component scores.He won gold with a total score of 273.94 points. In late March 2012, Chan competed at the 2012 World Championships in Nice, France, and won his second straight World title. He placed first in the short program with 89.41 points as well as first in the free skating with 176.60 points, for a total of 266.11 points, 6.45 ahead of silver medalist Daisuke Takahashi.

In the 2012–13 ISU Grand Prix season, he was assigned in the 2012 Skate Canada International and in the 2012 Cup of Russia. At the 2012 Skate Canada International where he competed as the defending champion. Chan took the silver medal behind Spanish skater Javier Fernández totaling 243.43 points. At the 2012 Cup of Russia, he placed first in the short program with 85.44 points and in the free skating with 176.91. He won the gold medal collecting 262.35 points overall. Chan thus qualified for the 2012–13 Grand Prix Final where he obtained the bronze medal. During a tour in December, he consulted previous Canadian champions on mental preparation.

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In January 2013 Chan competed in the 2013 Canadian Championships. He placed first in the short program with 94.63 points and the free skating too with 179.12. Earning 273.75 points overall, he won his sixth Canadian national title. He then would compete in the 2013 World Championships. Chan won the short program where he landed a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel and a triple lutz, and received level fours in his spins and footwork earning 98.37 points – 6.81 points ahead of Denis Ten from Kazakhstan ,at the 2013 World Championships held in London, Ontario, Canada. He set a new world record score under the ISU Judging System.

He committed some mistakes in his jumps in the free skating and placed second in that segment of the competition with 169.41 points, getting points enough to keep the lead and finishing first with 267.78 points overall, edging Ten for the gold medal by 1.3 points. It was Chan’s third consecutive World title. In the 2013–14 ISU Grand Prix season, Chan won both the 2013 Skate Canada International and the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard with a world record score at the time in both the short program and the free skating. He finished second in the Grand Prix Final, behind Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Patrick Chan Age

Patrick was born December 31, 1990.

Patrick Chan Awards

  1. Lou Marsh Trophy (2011)
  2. Sportsnet’s Canadian Athlete of the Year (2011)
  3. QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year (2011)
  4. Lionel Conacher Award (The Canadian Press’ Canadian male athlete of the year) (2011)

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