Patrick Chan ends Olympic career with ninth-place finish

Patrick Chan came in ninth in the Men’s Figure Skating event in his final Olympic appearance.

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan said he went into the final competition of his career with "no fear."

Skating to Jeff Buckley’s haunting "Hallelujah" at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday, the three-time world champion from Toronto scored 173.42 points for an overall score of 263.43, putting him ninth in the men’s event.

He opened with a beautiful quadruple toe loop, but tripled his second quad jump in a shaky skate.

Chan was sixth in Friday’s short program after he fell on his triple Axel.

The Canadian, who is retiring, ends his career with an Olympic silver in the men’s event from the 2014 Games and a team gold won earlier in Pyeongchang.

"This is the best Olympic experience out of the three, because I was in control," he said. "I was not dying out of breath."

It was a 1-2 finish for Japan, with two-time world champion Yuzuru Hanyu earning 206.17 points in the free skate for a total of 317.85 and the gold medal.

Shoma Uno took silver with a total score of 306.90, while Spain’s Javier Fernandez was third with 305.24.

The 27-year-old Chan took a season off after his heartbreaking silver medal at the Sochi Olympics, but his comeback hasn’t been what he envisioned.

"My career has had a lot of challenges like this and I think I can learn a lot more from having a lot of ups and downs," he said. "But today my goal was to land both Axels and get them solid. I am happy I landed on my feet on both of those."

Chan was responsible for launching the quad brigade as one of the first skaters to include two quads in his long program. But once so dominant, he returned from his year off to find his competition had left him eating their high-flying dust.

Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., was 12th, finishing with a total score of 255.43.

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