‘Snakebitten’ Chan settles for silver in men’s figure skating
Brian Orser knew the question was coming.
About that curse, the one that now has Canada’s scorecard reading 14 men’s world titles, zero Olympic gold medals.
Except this one was nothing like Orser’s silver in Calgary 26 years ago. That night, he and the man who beat him, American Brian Boitano, both skated brilliantly, into a virtual tie broken only by minutiae.
Friday night at the Iceberg Skating Palace, with the door left wide open ahead of him by Orser’s teenage student, Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, Patrick Chan patted his pockets to make sure his three consecutive world championships were still there, skated right up to that door full of determination and let a strong breeze blow it shut in his face. (Photos:
Ed Kaiser/Postmedia News, Darron Cummings/The Associated Press)