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Patrick Chan Wins 2nd Straight Gold at World Figure Skating Championships: Chan Wins Gold at World Figure Skating Champs

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Patrick Chan Wins 2nd Straight Gold at World Figure Skating Championships: Chan Wins Gold at World Figure Skating Champs

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NICE, France - If his first world figure skating title was all smooth sailing, Patrick Chan's second was anything but.

The Canadian star is golden again, overcoming boos, bruises and the pressure of being a defending champion to claim his second consecutive world figure skating title in what he called the most difficult competition of his career.

The 21-year-old from Toronto overcame a wobbly performance that included a fall on his double Axel to become the first Canadian to claim back-to-back world gold medals in 16 years. And it came on the heels of a rough couple of weeks of training that he admitted had him feeling sick and tired of the ice rink.

"It's more special than the first (title) to me because that week before I came here was a really tough week, I almost wanted to quit," Chan said. "I had doubts, I doubted myself, like, 'Oh my god, maybe I'll be the guy who lost it and didn't make it happen when he was so close.'"

Dressed in black slacks and dark red shirt, Chan scored 176.70 points to win the free skate to the haunting sounds of "Concierto de Aranjuez," finishing with 266.11 overall -- a winning result that didn't sit well with some of the fans at the Palais des Expositions, who booed and whistled when the score was announced.

"I really didn't hear it, I didn't hear any of the negative boos, because it's so much more than that, it's so much more than getting hung up on a couple of people booing," Chan said afterward. "I wasn't sure it was cheers or boos. Either way it was pretty cool. It shows they care, right? So that's always a good thing."

Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the silver with 259.66 points, while countryman Yuzura Hanyu was third with 251.06 in his world senior debut. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., was 12th.

Chan's victory came two days after Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured their second world title.

Carolina Kostner of Italy won the women's title, while Canada's Amelie Lacoste was 16th.

Chan, who hasn't lost a competition in more than a year, landed two huge quad jumps early in the program and looked poised to run away with the victory before his uncharacteristic fall on his takeoff on the Axel with about a minute to go that seemed to suck all the energy out of the remainder of the program.

"I bruised my butt pretty good, so I guess that's the punishment," said Chan, who sat on an ice pack in the news conference afternoon. "It was funny, you've got to spice it up sometimes a little bit.

"I guess it's not really normal if I don't make a mistake, it's kind of like my thing to do, I always have a weird fall," he added laughing it off.

The pressure of being the defending champion is no joke though, said Chan.

"People are like, 'Oh yeah, if he does it, he should be the winner, if he doesn't do it, shame on him,'" he said. …

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