Fresh off the Canadian figure skating championships in Moncton, N.B., Skate Canada has unveiled its teams for the world championships and the Four Continents competition.
Leading the way to the worlds set for Nice, France, from March 29-April 1 (CBC, CBCSports.ca) is defending champion Patrick Chan, who became the first skater to break the 300-point barrier (302.14) en route to a fifth national title on Sunday.
"I made the 300 club," Chan said with a laugh. "I'm the only one though. I'm a loner."
The Toronto skater produced one of the finest skates of his career, scoring 200.81 points during a free program that included two big quadruple jumps. He received a full 30-second ovation from the crowd at Moncton Coliseum following his 4½-minute program.
Joining Chan in Nice will be the 2010 Olympic and world champion ice team of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
Virtue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., had little trouble securing their fourth Canadian championship over the weekend.
With Virtue back at full health, the pair will attempt to regain their world title they lost to friends and American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White last season.
"Given the last few seasons we've had, we're back in the position where we have a lot more expectations and we're putting a lot more pressure on ourselves," Virtue said.
"It's not just getting through the program or hoping we can make it to the end. We expect a lot of ourselves and at this point in the season, we want almost perfection. We have to welcome that pressure, because we're so happy to be in that place."
The lone lady’s spot will be determined during the Four Continents event in Colorado Springs, Feb. 9-12 (CBC, CBCSports.ca).
While Amélie Lacoste, of Delson, Que., surprised two-time Canadian champion Cynthia Phaneuf, from Contrecoeur, Que, in Moncton, Skate Canada won’t name the only entry for the world team until the completion of their performances at the Four Continents event.
There will be two pairs teams headed to Nice, led by Meagan Duhamel, from Lively, Ont. and Eric Radford, of Balmertown, Ont.
Chan, Virtue and Moir will also been competing in the Four Continents competition.