Thursday, October 15, 2009

Chan withdraws from Moscow Grand Prix

Two-time Canadian men's champion Patrick Chan has withdrawn from the upcoming ISU Grand Prix event next week in Russia as a result of a gastrocnemius tear in his left calf. The injury to the large muscle at the back of the lower leg has affected his training over the past month. Chan will miss competing at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia, taking place October 22-25, 2009. The treatment and recovery time needed should allow him to compete as scheduled at HomeSense Skate Canada International in Kitchener, Ontario, November 19-22, 2009. Skate Canada's High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk endorsed the decision to withdraw.

"Patrick was really excited about competing for the first time in Russia. After consultation with his doctors and coach however, it was the right decision to withdraw from this event at this point in the year. It's important for Patrick to get back to 100 per cent in preparation for the season ahead which includes the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Patrick is already looking forward to competing in November at HomeSense Skate Canada International, and for the remainder of the season."

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