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Chan wins Olympic silver in men's figure skating

Patrick Chan
Patrick Chan
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario won the Olympic silver medal in men's figure skating on Friday.

Chan posted a total score of 275.62 points and was 4.47 points back of Japanese gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu.

Hanyu made Olympic history by becoming the first Japanese man ever to win a gold medal in figure skating at the Olympic Winter Games. Chan was trying to accomplish the same feat for Canada on Friday. Japan's only other gold medal in figure skating came from Shizuka Arakawa at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Interestingly that was Japan's only medal from the Olympic Winter Games eight years ago.

Meanwhile the bronze medalist went to Denis Ten of Kazakhstan who made the quantum leap from ninth to third in the long program.

The level of figure skating was a mirror image of men's long program figure skating in recent years--poor. Both Hanyu and Chan did not skate up to expectations and did not successfully execute jumps on multiple occasions. However Hanyu won because of his short program lead over Chan and because he delivered some outstanding jumps late in the free skate.

Canada now has eleven medals--four gold, five silver and two bronze, and are fifth overall in the medal standings behind Norway and the United States who each have 13, and Russia and the Netherlands who each have 12.