Olympic finale, Chan looks forward to time at home
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[February 17, 2018]
By Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) -
Canada's Patrick Chan walked away from his final Olympic Games on
Saturday with a gold medal in the team event and ninth place in the
men's competition. Now, he just wants to spend time at home.
The three-time Olympian, who had announced he would retire after
Pyeongchang, has spent his life at the rink and recently moved back
to Canada from the United States to train at home for the last
months of his competitive career.
"I haven't really settled myself, I've never really started my life
as a mid-20s adult in Canada," Chan, 27, told Reuters after his free
skate. "I look forward to just starting with that and then see where
that takes me."
Weeks before Pyeongchang, Chan made a bold coaching change and
relocated to Canada, something he says helped him rekindle his
passion for the sport.
Chan finished fourth at the Skate Canada grand prix event last year,
realizing that only a change could put him back on track for the
final part of his competitive career.
After withdrawing from a grand prix event in Japan, Chan moved to
Vancouver and hired coach Ravi Walia, ending his partnership with
Marina Zoueva with whom he trained in the United States.
Chan's return to his home country had helped him fall in love with
figure skating again, Walia earlier told Reuters during the Games.
On Saturday, Chan landed two triple Axels, a jump that he did not
land in the short programme and that has haunted him throughout his
Chan said his performance on Saturday was not a "dream skate" but
that he was overall pleased with how he improved as the Olympics
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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men Single free skating
competition final - Gangneung, South Korea - February 17, 2018 -
Patrick Chan of Canada competes. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
"I just kept chugging along at goals and achieved the goals I had
set myself," Chan said.
"I landed both Axels in the programme, which is a big step forward.
I can have that off my back and I get to walk away with the gold
medal from the team event."
Chan, who won two silver medals at the 2014 Sochi Games, earlier
said he was relieved to have finally won gold and was happy to have
done it with his team mates.
Chan was the favorite in Sochi but botched his triple Axel, letting
Yuzuru Hanyu, who won gold on Saturday, take his first Olympic
Chan said he planned to take part in figure skating shows. But for
the time being, he is eager to explore the other aspects of his
"I had set my goal up to this point and I didn't really think beyond
that because it would just cause me more stress," he said.
"Skating-wise, I'm going to set that aside for now, and catch
everything else up in my life."
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, additional reporting by
Soyoung Kim; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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