Despite two falls during his free skate Friday in Ontario, Patrick Chan’s record setting short program two nights earlier helped him hang on for his third straight world figure skating title.
“I am angry at myself,” Chan said afterward. “I am mad because I didn’t skate well for this audience. I am sorry I didn’t skate better for them.”
“Maybe I’m saving it up for Sochi.”
The hometown hero finished with a combined score of 267.78 to scrape out a one-point victory over Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, whose flawless long routine brought the Canadian crowd to their feet for a thunderous standing ovation.
“It’s my best performance of the year,” Ten said. “And maybe of my skating career.”
Ten, 19, easily earned the highest score of the night despite being considered by many to be the wild card of these championships, and his silver medal is a loud statement with the Olympics less than a year away. Quad King Javier Fernandez of Spain rounded out the podium in third place.
U.S. champ Max Aaron skated an entertaining, solid set right up until landing one of his leaps into the wall. He recovered quickly to finish seventh and ensure the Americans will get two spots in Sochi. They couldn’t earn a third, however, as Ross Miner’s three falls kicked him down to fourteenth place.
In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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Tied with three seconds left, Alexander Lynggaard went for a gutsy shot from midcourt to win a French handball league match Thursday.
Watch the above video with no commentary, but check out the French commentary on the Instagram video from Lynggaard’s account below.
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