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Olympics: Disappointed Chan denies 'Canadian curse'

Published on Feb 15, 2014 11:52 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Three-time world figure skating champion Patrick Chan admitted the Olympic gold had slipped through his fingers on Friday but denied a "Canadian curse" had prevented him from winning the coveted title.

Chan, skating immediately after eventual champion Yuzuru Hanyu in the men's free skating final, had a wonderful chance to top the podium after an error-strewn performance from the Japanese youngster at the Iceberg Skating Palace.

But the 23-year-old, who finished just fifth at his home Olympics in Vancouver in 2010, made mistakes of his own and failed to seize his chance, ending up having to settle for silver with an overall total of 275.62 points, 4.47 away from the gold medal.

It was his second silver in Sochi for Chan after the new team event.

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