by Ralph Routon
Patrick Chan will be bringing a medal back home from the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships in Torino, Italy. Not the one he really wanted, but silver beats nothing.
Chan, the Canadian men's champion who moved his training base from Florida to Colorado Springs last December, skated a strong free program and came away with the Worlds silver medal for the second straight year, as Japan's Daisuke Takahashi won the men's title Thursday night.
Takahashi finished with 257.70 points to 247.22 for Chan, as both earned their season's best long program marks in international competition. Third place went to Brian Joubert of France with 241.74.
The news was positive on the American front as well. U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who trained for years in Colorado Springs before moving last spring to Detroit, bounced back from a disappointing Olympics to finish fifth in Torino. Adam Rippon, a former World Junior champion, wound up sixth.
Those two finishes guarantee the United States three men's berths at the 2011 Worlds.
Ryan Bradley of Colorado Springs, who battled through a broken foot to compete at Torino after Olympic champion Evan Lysacek withdrew, wound up 18th.