(March 27, 2009) – Eighteen-year-old Toronto native Patrick Chan claimed the first medal for Canada at this year’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships.  Chan won the silver medal on Thursday night in L.A. at the Staples Center.
“Geez, I thought I was just going to walk home with a bronze but to win a silver medal is just like icing on the cake,” said Chan.  “Getting off the ice I had a huge smile on my face because I just didn’t expect to be where I am now after just my second Worlds and I’m only 18.  It’s a big shock.”

Chan came back after placing third in the short program to place second in the free program with 155.03 points.  His competition score was 237.58 points landing him in second place overall.

American Evan Lysacek won the event in front of a hometown crowd with a free program score of 159.53 points giving him a total score of 242.23 points.  Short program leader Brian Joubert of France fell to third place after the free program.  He scored 151.57 points in the free for a competition score of 235.97 points.

Canada’s Vaughn Chipeur finished in 12th place.  Chipeur ranked 12th in both the short and free programs. He scored 131.63 points in the free for a total of 202.08 points.

Completing his first Worlds event was Canadian skater Jeremy Ten. Ten was 21st after the short program but came back to finish 11th in the free program with an outstanding skate that earned him 132.26 points.  He placed 17th overall with a combined score of 193.16 points.

Also on Thursday, the original dance programs were skated.  Canadian Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir placed sixth with 61.05 points but still held on to third place going into the free program with 100.42 points.

“Obviously we’ve fallen back a bit more than we were at the beginning of the day,” said Moir. “Obviously it was not our plan, but we’re still in third and I don’t think that changes what we want to do, and that’s to show that we’re the best in the world and we have the best free dance in the world, and it doesn’t stop us from showing that (Friday).”

Virtue and Moir follow Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia who are currently leading with 105.45 points, and Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the U.S. who are going into the final in second place with 104.81 points.

Teenagers Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier placed 12th in the original dance with 54.75 points.  They currently sit in 11th place with 88.08 points going into Friday’s free dance. 

The ladies competition will also commence on Friday.  Canada will be represented by five-time Canadian Champion Joannie Rochette and 2008 Canadian silver medalist Cynthia Phaneuf.

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