Give Chan another hand
Figure skater lands second goal of season,
Patrick Chan of Toronto and ice dancers Tessa Virtue of London, Ont., and Scott Moir of Ilderton, Ont., won their second gold medals of the Grand Prix season Saturday in the Eric Bompard Trophy figure skating event at Paris.
Virtue and Moir, the 2010 Olympic champions, earned 176.93 points. France’s Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat were second at 164.56 and Italy’s Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte were third at 153.76.
“It was a strong free dance,’’ Virtue said. “Our training really showed (Saturday). We are happy with both our programs and can’t wait to get home and work on them even more for the Grand Prix final.’’
Chan, the defending world men’s champion, won the Paris event for the third time with 240.60 points, followed by China’s Song Nan (224.10) and the Czech Republic’s Michal Brezina (218.60). Chan also took gold at Skate Canada in Kingston three weeks ago.
Chan, Virtue and Moir have qualified for the Grand Prix final in December at Quebec City.
Chan opened his routine with two quadruple jumps but fell on the fol- lowing step sequence, and touched down on the ice twice.
“To start the season with two wins is great motivation but I’m not totally satisfied,’’ he said. “I have much more to work on. I can’t rest on my laurels. This is a completely new program and I’m still learning the areas where I need to gather myself after the quad(s).’’
Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., sixth after the short program, withdrew because of illness.
Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmerton, Ont., won bronze in pairs with 176.62 points behind Russia’s Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov (194.13) and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov (184.91).
Jessica Dubé of Saint-cyrille de Wendover, Que., and Sébastien Wolfe of Terrebonne, Que., placed fifth with 150.68 points.
Patrick Chan performs his free skate at Paris on Saturday. He also won the men’s singles title at Skate Canada in Kingston three weeks ago.