Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva tops Skate Canada short program
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (AP) Canadian star Patrick Chan won the Skate Canada short program Friday night, and Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva took the women's lead at Hershey Centre.
Chan fell on his triple Axel but his beautiful quad toe loop to open the program was enough to secure him first place. Skating to The Beatles' ''Dear Prudence'' and ''Blackbird,'' he scored 90.56 points.
''Comfortable,'' Chan said. ''The jumps didn't turn out to be feeling the way they did in practice, but that's normal jitters and adrenaline from being in competition.''
Japan's Takahito Mura was second at 81.24, followed by Canada's Kevin Reynolds at 80.57, and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan at 79.65.
Medvedeva, the world champion, had 76.24 points. Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond was second with 74.33, followed by Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva at 66.79, and Japan's Rika Hongo at 65.75.
Canadian stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir topped the short dance in their return to competition, scoring 77.23 points. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates were second at 76.21.
Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs short program at 78.39. China's Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao were a distant second with 69.43.