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Chan takes huge lead with world record short program

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Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan all but locked up his third straight world title Wednesday with a world record performance in his short program.

His 98.37, highlighted by a quad-toe, triple-toe opening combo, was enough to put him nearly seven points up on the field heading into Friday.

“I got into my last spin and there was this rush of tingling,” said Chan, who shook his fists with excitement following his performance. “It was amazing, you can only feel that once in a lifetime.”

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan currently sits in second with 91.56 points, and Chan’s national teammate Kevin Reynolds is more than 13 points back in third place. U.S. national champ Max Aaron is in eight
with a lot of ground to make up.

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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