Sunday, September 14, 2008

Figure skating spotlight on Patrick Chan

With Jeffrey Buttle headed to the pro ranks, Toronto's Patrick Chan is suddenly feeling the expectation of an entire nation.

"I just have to take responsibility and be more responsible," Chan told reporters Thursday in Vancouver, site of the ISU Four Continents from Feb. 2-8, 2009.

"I have to be a role model, like he [Buttle] was."

Buttle, the reigning world champion, retired Wednesday from competitive figure skating, leaving Chan as Canada's top medal contender in men's singles just 17 months shy of the Vancouver Olympics.

"He is a huge up-and-coming star for Canada," Buttle said. "We're going to see great things from him, as well as the other guys."

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