Chan takes early lead at Trophee Bompard

By Jerome Pugmire

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Nov. 18 2011 9:45 a.m. MST

PARIS — World champion Patrick Chan overcame a tumble at the start of his short program to take the lead from Song Nan of China at the Trophee Bompard on Friday.

Chan, who won Skate Canada last month, toppled and fell backward onto the ice after completing a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop combination skating to "Take Five." But the Canadian was faultless for the remainder of his program.

"I did a bad quad which happens sometimes, but I was able to get up and gather myself," Chan said. "I'm very proud of myself. It will be better next time."

Chan, a two-time Trophee Bompard winner, plans to try an even harder jump in the near future, although he has not yet decided when.

"I'm pretty motivated to try a new quad. I don't see why I shouldn't," he said. "I kind of want to try something harder, something someone's never done before."

Chan's score of 84.16 points put him well clear of Song's 76.53.

"I've changed my technique now," said Song, who also opened with a quadruple toe loop-triple toe loop and recorded his season's best score. "I'm more consistent, which is why I was able to do the quad."

Czech skater Michal Brezina was in third place with 74.32, ahead of Adam Rippon of the United States.

Late Friday, the pairs short program was followed by the women's short, where Alissa Czisny of the United States vied with world bronze medallist Carolina Kostner of Italy and world junior silver medalist Elizaveta Tuktamisheva of Russia, and ice dance.

Chan and Czisny hope to clinch their spots in the Grand Prix Final, which Chan won last year. Brezina is looking to qualify for the first time, but he struggled to find his rhythm skating to "Japanese Kodo Drums."

"I'd rather forget what happened," he said.

Several others fell at the Bercy arena, including Nobunari Oda of Japan.

Kostner, meanwhile, has secured her GP Final spot with a win at the Cup of China and second place at Skate America. Czisny, who won Skate America, and the 14-year-old Tuktamisheva, who won at Skate Canada, have yet to secure GP Final spots.

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