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Chan to sit out 2014-15, return following season

Three-time world champ: 'I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve'
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You won't see Patrick Chan in a competitive setting until the 2015-16 season. -Getty Images

Patrick Chan won't compete this season, but he's not closing the book on his career just yet. 

The three-time world champion announced Tuesday in a Skate Canada press release that he will sit out the 2014-15 season and then intends to resume competing the following year.

"My goal is to return to a full competitive schedule after this year," Chan said. "I am proud of my accomplishments in Sochi and my world championship titles, but I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve."

In addition to his world titles, Chan is the 2014 Olympic silver medalist and a seven-time Canadian champion.

Chan has been working on a new free skate, choreographed by David Wilson to a Chopin medley, that he will debut later this week when he competes as part of the North American team at the Japan Open in Saitama, Japan.

"I'm taking the time to enjoy building out the program and working on the flow of the artistry," Chan said. "And I'm experimenting with different things in my training cycle, without feeling that same intensity to do full run-throughs of each program every day that I felt building to the Olympics."

In the interim, Chan will continue to remain active in skating. He is slated to participate in "An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends Ice Show & Gala" in Cleveland on Nov. 8 and will be a performer in next year's Stars on Ice tour.

He will continue to train in Detroit with coach Kathy Johnson.

Information from Skate Canada was used in this report.