A legend has retired.
As expected, Patrick Chan, one of the greats in figure skating, made the 2018 Winter Olympics his final competition and has retired from competition. He spent ten full seasons on the senior international circuit, dating all the way back to 2006-07.
Chan began his career challenging for the top with his superb basics, which became his trademark throughout his career. But it was during his dominant years from 2010 through 2014 that he changed the face of men's figure skating. With changes in the ISU Judging System that provided greater rewards for difficult jumps, Chan single-handedly jumpstarted the quad revolution because he was able to combine a consistent quad toe with the best all-around skating in the world.
After his undefeated 2011-12 season, when he was routinely winning competitions by double-digit margins, the rest of the field started to catch up. Chan's skating and dominance not only upped the level of difficulty in men's skating, but also pushed the level of basics in men's skating to a brand new level.
Though he never won an individual Olympic title, he won countless others, including three World titles and a record ten Canadian titles. It was only fitting that he ended his career at the 2018 Olympics, where he helped Canada (and himself) win the Olympic Team gold.
Highlights from Patrick Chan's stunning and legendary career:
- 3 Olympic medals (2018 Team gold; 2014 Team silver; 2014 individual silver)
- 5 World medals (2011, 2012, 2013 gold; 2009, 2010 silver)
- 10 Canadian championships (2007-2014; 2016-2018)
- 4 Grand Prix Final medals (2011, 2012 gold; 2013 bronze; 2014 silver)
- 14 Grand Prix Finals
2018 Olympics individual free skate
2017 World Championships short program
2016 Four Continents free skate
2014 Olympics short program
2013 Trophee Eric Bompard free skate
2013 Trophee Eric Bompard short program
2013 World Championships short program
2012 Four Continents free skate
2011 World Championships free skate
2011 World Championships short program
2010 Canadian Championships short program
2009 Four Continents free skate
2008 Canadian Championships free skate