One of Colorado Springs' newest resident athletes, Canadian figure skating champion Patrick Chan, may be adding one more accomplishment to the long list of skaters who have trained here through the years.
But Ryan Bradley of Colorado Springs, trying to make the most of perhaps his final skating competition, had a tough outing in the men's short program Wednesday at the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy. Bradley, the 26-year-old who was fourth nationally and just missed the Olympic team for Vancouver, placed a disappointing 21st in the short program and has no chance for a medal.
Chan, better prepared than at the Olympics where he finished fifth, skated a strong short program to grab second place with 87.80 points, trailing only leader Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, who totaled 89.30.
That puts Chan, who relocated to Colorado Springs and the World Arena last December, in excellent position going into the long program Thursday. Chan was second at the 2009 Worlds in Los Angeles and is considered an early favorite for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The other Americans competing at Torino, U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott (formerly of Colorado Springs) and Adam Rippon, are sixth and seventh, respectively.
China's Qing Pang and Jian Tong won the pairs title Wednesday, with the U.S. teams placing seventh and ninth.
The ladies competition, including U.S. champion Rachael Flatt of Colorado Springs, starts with its short program Friday.