Figure Skating

Friday Oct. 25, 2013 23:22 ET

Patrick Chan holds lead at Skate Canada

3-time world champion scores 88.10 in short program

Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan skates during his men's short program at Skate Canada International on Friday. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Patrick Chan opened his season by winning the men's short program at Skate Canada International. The three-time world champion from Toronto scored 88.10 points, but tripled his quad toe loop attempt and couldn't hold the landing on his second triple toe loop.

Rather than dwell on his missed quad, Chan took a similarly philosophical approach to his skate as his Canadian ice dance teammates.

"I didn't have technical goals, I didn't say 'I want to land my quad then my Axel so I can come first,"' Chan said. "I wanted to go out and be excited to be there as opposed to dreading competing, which had become a bad habit of mine over the last two seasons. I was kind of dreading competing and never really enjoying competing, which is really weird as an elite athlete.

"I went into this event thinking, 'Hey, I'm lucky to be here, I'm lucky to be at the level I am, I've won three world championships, I've got nothing to prove, I'm out here to have a great time."'

Nobunari Oda was second with 80.82, while Japanese teammate Yuzuru Hanyu was third with 80.40.

Earlier, Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the short dance, despite a couple of noticeable and uncharacteristic errors.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs short program with 69.57 points. They skated to "Tribute," which Radford — a pianist who studied at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, wrote in 2006, the day after his coach Paul Wirtz died of cancer.

Italians Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek were right behind the Canadians with 69.38, while Sui Wenjing and Han Cong were third with 69.02 at Harbour Station arena.

American Gracie Gold leads after the women's short program, scoring 69.45 points. Julia Lipnitskaia, a 15-year-old from Russia, is second with 66.89, while Japan's Akiko Suzuki scored 65.76 to leave her third.

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond, who was sidelined for all of September with a foot injury, had an uncharacteristic fall coming out of a double Axel to leave her fifth. 

For full results from the official ISU site, click here.

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