Lipnitskaia, Chan win gold at Skate Canada
By Laurie Nealin ,AFPSAINT JOHN, Canada -- Russian teenager Julia Lipnitskaia claimed her first Grand Prix gold medal at Skate Canada on Saturday while Canada's three-time reigning world champion Patrick Chan pocketed his fourth.
October 28, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Lipnitskaia topped the women's field with a magnificent, seemingly flawless and technically superlative performance that earned a standing ovation.
Chan also had the fans on their feet, but he was far from flawless despite opening with a quadruple-triple jump combination and sailing through a second quad moments later.
Chan's triple Axel eluded him as he doubled on one attempt and singled another in his Vivaldi-backed program.
Still, the quads alone brought 29 points for a total of 173.93 for Saturday's free skate. In all, he put 262.03 points on the scoreboard, well ahead of Japanese Yuzuru Hanyu (234.8) and Nobunari Oda (233).
“I was nervous, honestly,” Chan said. “I started having the same feelings as I had last season and that's when the Grand Prix didn't go well. It was a real challenge to stay positive even before I got on the ice.”
Hanyu, fourth at the 2013 Worlds, nailed his second quad — a toe loop — but fell on his opening quad salchow and singled an Axel.
“I'm not so happy with my program. I was thinking I would do quad salchow and quad toe, but I fell. I don't know why. I will practice harder so I can land both at Trophee Bompard,” Hanyu said.
He and Chan will meet again at that Grand Prix in Paris in three weeks. Oda, who tripled both his planned quads, will be at home for the NHK Trophy in Japan in two weeks.
On the women's side, the errors were fewer and further between, especially for the medalists.