Chan settles for bronze at Grand Prix Final
Patrick Chan, of Canada, skates his short program at the ISU figure skating Grand Prix Final event, at Iceberg stadium in Sochi, Russia, on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, December 8, 2012 2:49PM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Patrick Chan is leaving the Grand Prix Final of figure skating with a bronze medal and plenty of disappointment.
Chan, who was second after the men's short program, barely made the podium after finishing just 0.04 points ahead of Spain's Javier Fernandez on Saturday.
Japan's Daisuke Takahashi won gold despite falling on his opening quad, while his compatriot Yuzuru Hanyu finished second.
Chan also fell on his initial quad, which was to be a combination with a triple toe-loop.
"To be honest, I'm pretty disappointed with my performance today," said the Toronto native. "Looking at the whole program I think there were a lot of good things also -- I did the triple axel-triple loop sequence, those two jumps that I missed at Cup of Russia.
"So each competition I'm kind of tuning in onto every little detail of the program, which is what I like to see."
Takahashi recovered from his opening fall to land a quad toe-loop, but made other errors including a hand down on a triple-double. He took gold with mixed emotions.
"Of course I am the champion of the GP Final but there's a lot to be done, there's a lot of challenges and issues that remain," he said.
Chan wasn't the only Canadian going home with a medal and things to work on. World champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir settled for silver in ice dancing after losing out to Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., both in all black, made a moving interpretation of the classic "Carmen" story.
"It was definitely a program we had to work through, but our execution was spot-on today. We had a really good, strong technical skate and we were able to bring the motion as well. So that's exciting, especially in this venue, to lay down two strong skates," Moir said, referring to the Iceberg arena's future role as host for figure skating at the 2014 Olympics.
Davis and White performed an array of complex moves, including one in which he appears to drop her but holds on with one hand while she wraps her legs around one of his.
Both duos said the ease they showed on the ice was deceptive.
"It was one of those skates when nothing really came easily, we felt like we had to fight through it but that's OK," Davis said. "It's good to have skates like that, and it's really times like that where we feel we grow the most."