Figure Skating

CBC Sports - Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 09:06 ET

Patrick Chan named to team figure skating event

Pairs Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford also slated to compete

Patrick Chan won his seventh straight national title in 2013, but his real goal remains getting ready for Sochi. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Patrick Chan and the pairs team of Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford will skate in the inaugural team figure skating event in Sochi, the Canadian Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

Chan, the three-time men's world champion, will compete in the men's short program.

The team of Duhamel and Radford, the reigning world bronze medalists, will skate the pairs short program. "That's so cool," said Chan. "Being a huge hockey fan, I envy the hockey players because they always compete as a team, finally figure skating can take that step, sort of, towards a team aspect in competition."

Inaugural event

The team event is being contested for the first time at the Olympics in Sochi. Ten countries ice their best combined figure skating team — a combination of one man, one woman, one pair and one ice dancing duo to compete.

The top five nations after the short programs advance to the long programs. The country with the highest aggregate score at the end wins. A country is allowed two substitutions in entries between the short and long events.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto are expected to skate the pairs long program in place of world bronze medallists Duhamel, a native of Lively, Ont., and Radford, who's from Balmertown, Ont.

The women's and ice dance short programs are scheduled for Saturday. Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., is expected to skate both the women's short and long programs, while Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have said they want to skate both programs as well.

Canada is among the favourites in the 10-nation event. Medals will be handed out on Sunday, just two days after the opening ceremonies, so the event could be Canada's best shot at its first medal of the Games.

Team members for the ice dance and ladies short program portions of the event have yet to be announced.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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