(March 26, 2009) – Thursday sees the fifth day of competition of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Los Angeles, California. The Staples Center was full of emotion as the men’s event began day four.
Canada’s Patrick Chan was the story of the day. Chan, who skated a clean short program, finished in third place with 82.55 points. He sits behind 2007 World Champion Brian Joubert of France who is the current leader with 84.40 points and L.A. resident Evan Lysacek of the U.S. who has 82.70 points.
Chan, who is known for his artistic marks, was baffled with his component scores. “I’m really disappointed about that,” said Chan. “I think a lot of people are going to be talking about that, because I think, I’m not going to say anything but its pretty obvious the big difference between me and Evan against Joubert, it’s a big difference in the programs. It’s really frustrating.”
Chan sits less than two points behind first place and trails both Joubert and Lysacek going into Thursday’s free program but insists he is not worried.
“It's a good spot. I love this spot, third is great,” said Chan. “I’d rather be third at Worlds than first at Worlds. I think I can sleep better at night knowing I’m chasing and not being chased.”
Vaughn Chipeur and Jeremy Ten skated at their first world championship event. Chipeur skated strongly to land himself in 12th place with 70.42 points. Ten scored 60.90 points to finish in 21st place in the short program.
The pair free program closed the night. Canada missed the podium and finished with pair teams in seventh, eighth and tenth place.
2008 World bronze medalists and Canadian Champions Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison finished in a disappointing seventh place. They scored 111.02 in the free program for an overall total of 172.82 points.
“Of course we expected to do way better than that,” said Dubé. “We just have to put it behind us and go forward from there, like we always do when things don’t go so good.”
Teammates Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin finished with 104.13 points in the free program for a total of 165.41 points to land them in eighth place. Mylène Brodeur and John Mattatall made their first appearance at the world championships and placed an impressive tenth place. The team jumped from 11th after the short to land in the top ten. They scored 99.61 in the free program for a combined score of 150.05 points.
The original dance will begin Thursday’s competition and finished with the men’s final.
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