Patrick Chan wins Four Continents Championship with personal best

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Three-time World champion Patrick Chan of Canada produced a personal-best score to win the Four Continents championship, edging China’s Jin Boyang, who became the first skater to complete four quadruple jumps in one free skating program in international competition.

Chan, fifth after the short program, received 203.99 points in Sunday’s free skate to finish with a total of 290.21, less than one point ahead of short-program leader Jin. Chinese skater Han Yan was third with 271.55.

“I didn’t panic,” Chan said. “I took my time and kept focused on the things that make me successful in practice and competition, and today is a result of that.”

Skating last in the group, Chan opened his routine with a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and nailed two triple Axels as well as another quad toe loop.

It was Chan’s third win at the Four Continents, adding to titles in 2009 and 2012. His win will be a boost for his confidence heading to the March 28-April 3 World Championships in Boston.

After taking a year off, Chan appears to have regained the form that allowed him to win three worlds from 2011 to 2013.

“I feel like all the work and stress has paid off,” Chan said. “It all came out in this program as it’s supposed to be. This year has been so successful for the first year back. We’ve definitely exceeded expectations.”

With a quad Lutz, quad Salchow and two quad toe loops, Jin is the first skater to land three kinds of quadruple jumps in one program.

“I performed quite well, and I landed all the quads,” Jin said. “I did them before at the national Winter Games, and it gave me confidence for this competition. But the quality of the jumps was not as good as today.”

Skate America champion Max Aaron of the United States was seventh followed by compatriot Grant Hochstein in eighth.

The International Skating Union’s Four Continents championships feature skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

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Helen Maroulis to miss world championships, eyes still on defending Olympic title

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Helen Maroulis, the lone U.S. female wrestler to win an Olympic title, sat out this past weekend’s world team trials, which means she will not compete at the world championships in September.

Maroulis is working her way back from blowing out her right shoulder in a first-round loss at worlds on Oct. 24, after she returned from a concussion. She underwent surgery in November and was cleared to return earlier this spring before tweaking the shoulder again.

Maroulis said Friday she was cleared again to compete at trials but chose rest, recovery and her long-term health given what happened in 2018.

“It’s not coming from a place of fear,” she said. “I’m just not ready yet.

“If trials were end of June, everything would be perfect. I’m still feeling good and confident for 2020.”

As Maroulis stressed at 2018 Worlds, she prioritizes health over wrestling.

“Not just for myself, but to set an example because I get a lot of messages from kids on Instagram — I have a concussion, or my teammate has a concussion.” Maroulis said in October. “There’s this wrestler mindset to just push through — you’re the toughest, find a way to win. But there’s just a lot more to it.”

Maroulis, 27, put together one of the most dominant stretches in sport from 2015-17, going 78-1 overall among three different weight classes and going unscored upon at two world championships.

In between, she beat Saori Yoshida in the Rio Olympic 53kg final, preventing the Japanese legend from a record fourth Olympic title.

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Ex-partner of deceased figure skater John Coughlin says she was abused

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of the former skating partners of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin has accused him in a series of social media posts of sexually assaulting her over a 2-year period.

Bridget Namiotka said on Facebook that Coughlin, who died by suicide in January, hurt “at least 10 people including me.” She skated with Coughlin from 2004, when she was 14, through the 2007 season.

Namiotka’s attorney confirmed to The Associated Press that the comments were made by her.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Figure Skating had given Coughlin, who became a coach and TV commentator after his retirement, an interim suspension for unspecified conduct. He was barred from attending events and activities sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Coughlin was found dead Jan. 18 at his father’s home in Kansas City, Missouri.