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Patrick Chan

Men's World Figure Skating Champion, Olympic Silver Medallist

Patrick Chan is one of the world’s top athletes and  three-time world champion figure skater; establishing world records in all 3 categories (short program, long program, and combined score). He is also an Olympic Silver Medalist and a six-time (2008–2013) Canadian champion.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Finding your Passion
After narrowly missing the podium at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, Patrick came to the realization he had the wrong mentality. He wasn’t really skating for himself, he was skating for other people. After reassessing his motivations, Chan was able to  find that passion again.

Olympic Experience
Patrick discusses his Olympic experience.

Facing Adversity
Patrick has faced a great deal of adversity over his figure skating career. He will share insight on his personal experiences and show how the lessons he learned can be applicable to you.

Goal Setting
To reach the top of the men’s figureskating world is no easy feat. Patrick discusses how he used goal-setting to achieve his dream.


CBC | Athlete of the year
Lou Marsh Award
Sportsnet | Athlete of the year

Summary Profile

Patrick Chan is a two-time reigning World Champion figure skater, establishing World Records in all 3 categories (short program, long program, and combined score). Chan is the 2013 and now 6-time Canadian Men’s Skating Champion. Chan capped an unbeaten season by successfully defending his world figure skating championship in March 2012 in Nice with a solid free skate. He is the 2010-2011 Grand Prix Final champion, the 2008 Four Continents Champion, the 2009 & 2010 World silver medalist, the 2007 World Junior silver medalist and a four-time (2008-2011) Canadian Men’s Champion – the youngest in history, at age 17. In 2010, Patrick competed in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. In his early years, Chan showed talent in downhill skiing, but later focused on other activities.

He has an enduring interest in many sports, including taekwondo, tennis, golf, and rock climbing. Chan is fluent in English, French, and Cantonese, and is learning Mandarin. He graduated from École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé, a French language school in North York. After Chan became national champion, the school created an annual sporting award in his honour.

Chan was proficient in physics in high school and considered taking mechanical engineering at university. Chan plans to enroll in university and is considering a business degree. Patrick has won numerous off-ice awards for his accomplishments.

In 2011, he was honoured with the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top male athlete. In January 2008, the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (Youth Chapter) conferred Chan with the 2007 Chinese Canadian Youth of the Year award. In May 2008, Chan was named Asian of the Year in arts and sports by Asia Network magazine. He was recognized as the 2009 Ontario Male Athlete of the Year.

In January 2009, the Globe and Mail named Chan as one of the most prominent sports personalities in their annual Power List in Canadian sports. TSN’s Rod Black asked Kurt Browning how good Chan was. Browning told him Chan was the best skater he had ever seen, present company included. Known for his vibrant and infectious personality, Chan is an inspiring, down-to-earth young man, with a determination and commitment to world-class results. Patrick won an Olympic Silver Medal in Men’s Free Skate at the Sochi 2014 Winter games.