Reigning world champion Patrick Chan of Canada captured the Skate Canada men’s title by winning the free skate final to edge short programme winner Javier Fernandez of Spain.
Chan, a 20-year-old performing before hometown support in suburban Toronto, fell on a quad toe loop but hit another as judges gave him 170.46 points on a routine to music from Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.
That was enough for him to win the overall crown with 253.74 points.
“I made an extra effort to stay relaxed,” Chan said. “It felt good. It was a success.”
Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, the 2010 world champion, was third overall on 237.87 after placing third in the free skate with 153.21 points.
A young Chinese pair skating team astonished a crowd at Skate Canada when they did a very high, acrobatic quadruple twist, rarely seen in competition.
It’s nothing new for Sui Wenjing, 16 and Han Cong , 19, of Harbin, China. Last year, as junior skaters, they accomplished quadruple throw Salchows.
The move helped the charismatic, tiny pair to take the silver medal at Skate Canada behind Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.
USA’s Mirai Nagasu at Skate Canada did not place. She came in 5th! Come on Mirai! We want to see you at the next Olympics!