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Canadian Championships Updates

Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay lead the Canadian figure skating championships after the short program yesterday.  Former world silver medalists Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison are in second place; she fell on a triple salchow.  Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin lie in third, although the top three are only separated by 3.09.  I still predict Dube and Davison get one of the Olympic spots.

In the completely unsurprising news category, Patrick Chan leads the men's field with a 90.14 despite putting a hand down on his triple flip and doubling the toe loop on his attempted triple/triple combination.  To put Chan's scores in perspective, consider that Jeremy Abbott got a personal best score of 87.85, but he did not make any errors.  And he had a triple/triple.  And that was still a very high score.  Does it really help Patrick to have his marks ridiculously inflated?  Who knows. Here is what it said in the Canadian Press:

It's almost a given that marks are boosted at any national championships - Evgeni Plushenko raised some eyebrows of his own at the Russian event when his scores were sky-high despite some significant mishaps.

"For sure, I'll be honest, I think it was a bit like Plushenko, and I'm sure the other skaters are shaking their heads thinking the same thing," Chan said. "But points don't mean much to me, it's more how I felt going out and how I skated."

Points do, however, mean kind of a lot...to the competition.  We'll see if Chan can clean things up in the free skate.  For full scores, here is Skate Canada's site.