Figure Skating

The Canadian Press - Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 21:11 ET

Patrick Chan wins 7th straight national figure skating title

Kevin Reynolds wins silver

Patrick Chan acknowledges applause after performing his men's free program Saturday at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Ottawa. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Patrick Chan will go to the Sochi Olympics buoyed by seven consecutive Canadian titles and the knowledge that his skating is on stronger ground then it was only a month ago.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will go with a greater sense of the pressure that will be waiting for them at next month's Games.

Chan won Canadian figure skating title No. 7 on Saturday, while Virtue and Moir claimed their sixth — neither performance was perfect.

But Canada's top hopes for gold say they accomplished what they came for in Ottawa.

"You know what? I'm so proud to be Canadian, so proud to skate for Canada, and to go to these next Olympics being seven-time national champion is huge," Chan said.

"It's so easy to overlook it, but I still want to make mistakes like (Friday's short program) that keep my humble and make me realize how nationals isn't easy and I can't overlook it, and today was a hard-fought program."

Kaetlyn Osmond secured an Olympic berth with her second women's title in a row Saturday, while Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won their third straight pairs title, and are all but assured of a ticket to Sochi.

The team will be announced Sunday. Canada has three Sochi berths in each of men's singles, pairs and ice dance, and two in women's singles.

Chan scored 277.42 points for his elegant skate to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," opening with a lovely quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, but then doubled what was supposed to be a second quad toe.

"After (Friday) my goal today was to turn things around and think about what makes me successful . . . and that was to think of one element at a time and not to get too far ahead of myself. And I was able to do that today."

Chan, who brought the Canadian Tire Centre to its feet, finished well ahead of Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., who scored 242.45 for second. Liam Firus of North Vancouver, B.C., was third with 238.13.

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