Patrick Chan Biography
Patrick Lewis Wai-Kuan Chan is a Canadian figure skater born in December 31, 1990 in Ottawa, Ontario. . 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).
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.
Patrick Chan Girlfriend
Her name is Tess Johnson and she is a fashion designer.
Patrick Chan Figure Skater
Patrick Chan started skating in 1996. He originally wanted to learn to skate in order 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.”
In 2001, aged 10, Chan 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. He won the pre-novice 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 14, he was the youngest skater at the event.
In the 2005–2006 season, Chan made his ISU 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. Making 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.
His first coach, Osborne Colson, guided him from the beginning of Chan’s career until Colson’s death in July 2006, due to complications arising from a car accident. Chan won the 2005 Canadian Junior Championship under Colson’s guidance, and Colson had planned to coach Chan to the top of the sport.
Chan regarded Colson as a grandfather figure, and the Chan family was at Colson’s deathbed when he died. Chan wore a gold medallion belonging to Colson that was engraved with Colson’s initials. Chan was then coached by technical specialist Shin Amano, who coached in the same facility. This was a temporary arrangement that lasted six months.
Patrick Chan Olympics
|2010 Vancouver||Figure Skating||Singles – Men||5|
|2014 Sochi||Figure Skating||Singles – Men||Silver|
|2014 Sochi||Figure Skating||Team – Mixed||Silver|
|2018 PyeongChang||Figure Skating||Team – Mixed||Gold|
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Notable International Results
- Olympic Winter Games: 2018 – 9th (singles), GOLD (team); 2014 – SILVER (singles), SILVER (team); 2010 – 5th (singles)
- ISU World Championships: 2017 – 5th; 2016 – 5th; 2013 – GOLD; 2012 – GOLD; 2011 – GOLD; 2010 – SILVER; 2009 – SILVER; 2008 – 9th
- ISU Four Continents Championships: 2017 – 4th; 2016 – GOLD; 2012 – GOLD; 2009 – GOLD
- ISU Grand Prix Final: 2016 – 5th; 2015 – 4th; 2013 – SILVER; 2012 – BRONZE; 2011 – GOLD; 2010 – GOLD; 2008 – 5th
Patrick Chan Olympic Medals
He is a 2018 Olympic gold medalist in the team event, 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 ten-time Canadian national champion (2008–2014, 2016–2018).
Patrick Chan Family
He is the only child of Lewis Chan, a lawyer, and Karen, both immigrants from Hong Kong.
Patrick Chan Net Worth
He has an estimated networth of $ 12 Million.
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Karen Chan Patrick Chan
Karen Chan is Patrick Chan’s mother.
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Patrick Chan Height
He is 1.71 m tall.
Patrick Chan Vancouver
In Patrick Chan’s perfect future, he’s running a skating school in Vancouver with girlfriend Liz Putnam, the two are living in a million-dollar apartment in the city’s lovely Kitsilano neighbourhood, and he’s enjoying a wildly successful career in commercial real estate.
It’s been two months since Chan took one final spin around the competitive rink, but the three-time world champion has barely paused to reflect. He’s loving looking forward.
“I’m just running around town doing what I want to do, and moving on with a huge smile on my face. I feel good and light,” Chan said, ahead of Monday’s retirement announcement.
“I had three or four things lined up that I wanted to just learn about, and that’s what I’m doing. I’m meeting people and picking their brain and understanding what life is like. I don’t think I had any sense of that when I was in the competitive world. It’s awesome. I’m just a sponge again. I’m just absorbing and learning.”
The 27-year-old from Toronto, who sat out a season after the 2014 Sochi Olympics, was ninth in men’s singles at the Pyeongchang Olympics. But his terrific long program in the team event all but guaranteed Canada gold before dance duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir even stepped on the ice.
If he’d had any doubts about the comeback, that golden moment erased them.
“It would have been easy to be complacent and say ‘I don’t care, I’m just here to support the team and be a part of it,’ and I could’ve fallen back and said ‘I’ll let Tessa and Scott help me through this.’ I knew that this was my chance to shine and chance to prove I still had something to give.
“When I sat in that kiss and cry with my two different coaches right next to me smiling and having the entire team behind me as well, and having them all react to me winning . . . gosh that was a better feeling I think than winning individual gold. It’s a huge rush to see all these people that are genuinely smiling, and genuinely cheering, and they’re ecstatic, that’s so cool. To be able to say ‘I did it, we did it,’ that’s a very very special feeling.”
Chan had planned his retirement announcement for Sunday at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan, Ont. Chan launched his ice wine “On Ice” in partnership with Flat Rock in 2015. But the weekend’s ice storm forced a rescheduling to Monday in Toronto.
The 10-time Canadian champion considered retiring after his heartbreaking silver-medal performance at the 2014 Sochi Games. And while his return wasn’t what he’d envisioned, he’s glad he came back.
“It wouldn’t have been fair to end after 2014, because I didn’t really have a good understanding of who I was and what my aspirations were and what I wanted from the sport. It just didn’t feel fulfilling, skating didn’t fulfil me completely.
“Now I basically have three highlights to my life: doing shows (like Stars on Ice), getting familiar with the commercial real estate world, which has been a lot of fun, and finally the third dream would be to have the skating rink going and building a skating program,” Chan said.
“I say to myself ‘Let’s see how everything unfolds one thing at a time . . . That’s a reason why this time around just feels right. It wouldn’t have felt right after Sochi.”
If there are any regrets, it’s that he played his cards too early before Sochi. Chan dominated men’s skating for three years before those Olympics, and when he was the first to add two quadruple jumps to his long program, the rest of the world followed suit, and eventually took the quad brigade a step further. American Nathan Chen does six quads in his long program.
“I hate going backwards, but if there is one regret . I would have been more strategic about adding the quads to the program, and built it one step at a time,” Chan said.
Moir described Chan as a skater best appreciated live.
“On TV, you can’t feel your hair blow back when you are close to him on the ice, because he has so much speed and command,” Moir said.
Chan will be known for his strength and speed on the ice, but also for artistry and exquisite skating skills that he hopes didn’t single him out as a dying breed in the sport.
“At the end of the day, the foundation of it all is the joy of skating and the glide and the power, that’s what’s amazing,” Chan said. “I think eventually quads will all look the same, they’ll all look like triples. But the one thing that can differentiate a skater and create excitement in the sport is what skaters can bring to the table when it comes to interpretation and how they can match the beautiful glide of skating to music and to a performance.
“I want to play a part in making sure people don’t forget how important that aspect is.”
To that end, Chan and his girlfriend, a skating coach and former pairs skater, envision opening a skating school much like the Cricket Club in Toronto, and have already started laying the groundwork.
“That’s the dream . . . a base for young coaches in the area to come, and brainstorm and chat about skaters, how we can make a certain skater better, and make it an individualized curriculum for each skater, and most importantly a fun environment for both skater and coach.”