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Chan finishes second at ISU Grand Prix Friday

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According to the Canadian Press, Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario won a silver medal on Friday at the International Skating Union Grand Prix Final at Fukuoka, Japan.

Chan rebounded with an excellent long program after struggling in the short program. In fact, it was Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu who struggled in the long program on Friday, and amazingly increased his lead from 12 to 13 points.

The fact that Hanyu fell on his opening quadruple salchow, while Chan skated clean and was unable to make any ground on Hanyu is the latest example to why the judging in figure skating continues to be as controversial as ever even with the new system (which has been around now for over a decade) in place.

With the men's Olympic competition in figure skating just over two months away, it seems like Chan and Hanyu are the figure skaters to beat, however Evgeni Plushenko of Russia, the Gold medalist from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, will have home ice advantage if his knee gets better.

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