Give Chan an­other hand

Fig­ure skater lands sec­ond goal of sea­son,

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS -

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.

GON­ZALO FUENTES, REUTERS

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.

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