Patrick Chan is considered the best men’s figure skater in the world. His incredible combination of athleticism, technical skills and artistry are hard to match. After a flawless 2011-12 season, capped with his second World Championship, Patrick continued to capture the figure skating world winning a third consecutive World Championship title in 2013.
Patrick is a two-time Olympic Silver medalist, nine-time National Champion, and three-time World Champion. In his return to competition this season, Patrick won his first event of the year at Skate Canada International; successfully reclaimed his title as Canada’s National Champion; and displayed tremendous resilience with a come-from-behind victory at Four Continents.
Chan may be at the peak of his sport, but in his own mind he is still “in the foothills of Everest,” and continues to plot a step-by-step assault on the summit. And it is this methodical approach that he will be taking forward, as he focuses not on the opposition but purely on his own performance. “My only opponent is myself. If I skate like I know I can, like I do in training, like I’ve planned, then nobody will be able to beat me.” A scientific strategy allied with sheer artistic talent are a potent combination, and one that means Chan has every chance of becoming the first ever Canadian man to win an Olympic figure skating Gold.