2012 Canadian Nationals have just finished in Moncton, New Brunswick. Patrick Chan won his fifth national title and set an all-time scoring record in the process, with a combined score for the short program and free skate of 302.14 points. He has become the first skater to break 300 points, and defeated silver medalist Kevin Reynolds by almost 63 points. Jeremy Ten took the bronze.
I did not see any Canadian coverage, but according to Canada’s National Post, Chan’s long program was “flawless”.
As expected, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their fourth national ice dance title. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje took the silver, with the new team of Piper Gilles and Paul Poirer taking the bronze.
In pairs, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won their first national title. The new partnership of Jessica Dube and Sebastien Wolfe won silver, while Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers took the bronze. Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch had three fall deductions (two for Moore-Towers and one for Moscovitch) that left them off of the podium in fourth place.
A new champion was crowned in the ladies’ event as well. 23-year-old Amelie Lacoste finished second in the free skate and first overall. Cynthia Phaneuf was second, and Kaetlyn Osmond was third. Canada has only one ladies’ slot at the upcoming World Championships, and Skate Canada has said their entry will be chosen after seeing the results of the Four Continents Championships in Colorado Springs in February.
According to the National Post, there have been hundreds of empty seats at the 3,000-seat Moncton arena this week, rather uncharacteristic for Canadian figure skating.