Patrick Chan feels mentally prepared despite rough Olympic start

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Patrick Chan throws a black Canada sweater over his black and white figure skating uniform, and a microphone is thrust in his face.

“Hi everyone,” the three-time world champion says to the gaggle of media here, grinning.

Yes, Chan is smiling. It’s a wonder that he’s flashing those pearly whites, really. Minutes earlier, the 27-year-old had a nightmare of a start here at his third Olympic Games. He fell on his first jump—an attempted quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination, of which he only tried the former. When he landed his triple lutz, later on, he was slightly off-balance. He fell a second time after a triple axel. In other words, none of his jumps were clean.

The good news for Canada in this team event is a lot of the men’s skaters fell on Day 1 of these Games—Chan thinks it’s a mixture of nerves, and the fact they had to skate so early in the morning. And so after a solid short program from Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, Canada sits first overall through two of eight events in the team skate, three points ahead of the second-place United States.