Chan pulls off comeback to edge out Jin for titleThree-time world champion cracks 200-point free skate mark; Yan third
Canada's Patrick Chan rallied from fourth place after the short program to win gold at the 2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships. China's Boyang Jin and Han Yan took the silver and bronze medals, respectively. All three men posted new personal-best scores for a free skate.
Skating last, Chan delivered an excellent performance to music by Frédéric Chopin, reeling off a quad toe-triple toe, quad toe and two triple axels, as well as difficult spins and footwork. The three-time world champion earned 203.99 points and claimed his third Four Continents title with 290.21 points.
"I feel like all the work and the stress I had to go through this season with my coach and myself paid off. It all came out in that program just the way it was supposed to be," Chan said. "It just felt exhilarating. I know this isn't the world championships, but this is one step closer. This year has been so successful for the first year back."
Jin produced four quads (lutz, salchow and two toes) and five triples, including two axels, in his program to "Dragon Racing" to score 191.38 points. He slipped from first to second with 289.83 points.
"I competed for the first time at the Four Continents and, therefore, I felt I'm competing against myself mainly. I feel like my free skate is a challenge for myself from my first to my last jump," Jin said. "I performed quite well, and I landed all the quads. I did them before at the national winter games, and that gave me confidence for this competition."
Yan's performance to Romeo and Juliet was highlighted by two quad toes and seven triples. The 19-year-old picked up 181.98 points and accumulated 271.55 points overall to earn his third bronze medal at the Four Continents Championships.
"The performance was the best of the season. Today, I put out the best of me, and I feel happy about it," Yan noted.
Japan's Shoma Uno dropped from second to fourth with 269.81 points. Takahito Mura of Japan placed fifth (268.43 points), and Japan's Keiji Tanaka placed sixth (222.70 points).
U.S. silver medalist Max Aaron placed seventh with a total score of 220.94.
"This week has been a real struggle for me. I've had to fight through it. There's just been a series of unfortunate events throughout practice and in my performances here," Aaron said. "Things happen, and you just have to fight and make the best of it. Unfortunately, this happened at a championship event, but all I can do now is keep fighting and look forward to words."
Grant Hochstein took eighth in his Four Continents debut. The American skater was battling illness much of the week.
"I've been pretty sick since the night of the short program. Yesterday after practice, I had some hot herbal soup and I slept from 5 at night until 6:30 this morning," Hochstein said. "The fact that I was able to do something out there, I'm happy with. The performance itself was disappointing, but I pushed, so I'm proud of that."
Team USA's Ross Miner came in 14th.