Spain's Fernandez wins Skate Canada
October 29, 2012, 12:13 am TWN
WINDSOR, Ontario -- Spain's Javier Fernandez won the Skate Canada men's title Saturday, upsetting two-time world champion Patrick Chan in his own country.
Fernandez, whose silver at Skate Canada last year was the first Grand Prix medal for a Spanish skater, finished with 253.94 points. That was 10 points better than Chan, who had won the last three Skate Canada titles.
Nobunari Oda of Japan was third with 238.34 points.
"It was my first gold internationally, so it just feels amazing," Fernandez said. "It's not about Patrick, it's about all the skaters. Patrick is still Patrick. He's a star. Of course he could have skated better. But it's only one competition, there's a lot of competitions in this year."
Fernandez, whose silver at Skate Canada last year was the first Grand Prix medal for a Spanish skater, fell on his opening quad, but landed two more and finished with 253.94 points. That was 10 points better than Chan, who had won the last three Skate Canada titles.
Chan has new choreographers, new programs and a new lead coach in Kathy Johnson this season. He landed his opening quad toe loop but touched a hand down on his second one in his program to "La Boheme."
"I've won these competitions before and for me it goes beyond winning," Chan said. "It's become a learning process and taking this and taking it step by step for the world championships — worlds is my end goal, and it's my only goal, and the year after that will be the Olympics."
Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond won the women's title. The 16-year-old fell once on her triple Lutz but skated an otherwise strong program to "Carmen" that earned her 115.89 points for a total of 176.45. Reigning world bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki was second at 175.16, followed by Japanese teammate Kanako Murakami at 168.04.