Javier Fernandez wins men's title
WINDSOR, Ontario -- Spain's Javier Fernandez won the Skate Canada men's title Saturday night, upsetting two-time world champion Patrick Chan in his own country.
It wasn't even close, either.
Fernandez, whose silver at Skate Canada last year was the first Grand Prix medal for a Spanish skater, fell on his opening quad, but landed two more and finished with 253.94 points. That was 10 points better than Chan, who had won the last three Skate Canada titles.
"It was my first gold internationally, so it just feels amazing," Fernandez said. "It's not about Patrick, it's about all the skaters. Patrick is still Patrick. He's a star. Of course he could have skated better. But it's only one competition, there's a lot of competitions in this year."
Chan has new choreographers, new programs and a new lead coach in Kathy Johnson this season. He landed his opening quad toe loop but touched a hand down on his second one in his program to "La Boheme."
"I've won these competitions before and for me it goes beyond winning," Chan said. "It's become a learning process and taking this and taking it step by step for the world championships -- worlds is my end goal, and it's my only goal, and the year after that will be the Olympics."
Nobunari Oda of Japan was third with 238.34 points. American Ross Miner was fifth, climbing from eighth after the short program.
Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond won the women's title. The 16-year-old fell once on her triple Lutz but skated an otherwise strong program to "Carmen" that earned her 115.89 points for a total of 176.45. Reigning world bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki was second at 175.16, followed by Japanese teammate Kanako Murakami at 168.04.
Osmond found herself in the spotlight -- and she didn't mind it at all.
"Not used to it. But definitely could get used to it," she said, laughing.
Her recent performances also have Osmond dreaming about the Sochi Olympics.
"It definitely starts putting a whole bunch of thoughts in your head," Osmond said. "It just gains you so much more confidence, and a better knowing of what you can do on the ice, how much it can lead you to.
"(The thoughts) have always been there, just not as loud."
Four-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the pairs competition. Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Olympic and world champions, took the ice dancing title.
Savchenko and Szolkowy scored 201.36 in a program that was more memorable for its costumes than the lifts and spins. Skating to "Bolero," made famous by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the Germans wore multicolor bodysuits -- they looked as if someone had tossed cans of red, yellow and black paint at them, like something you'd find at a modern art exhibit.
"It's not my favorite style, but to be honest, I know we are figure skaters so we have to wear something that is in a way comfortable and wear suits like this that I would not go out (wearing)," Szolkowy said. "If it fits the music and Aliona's costume, and everybody is talking about us, it's OK."
Virtue and Moir earned rave reviews for their debut of their "Carmen" program -- displaying a much more mature side.
"It's impossible to do anything too sexy," coach Marina Zoueva said. "Is it sexy or is it not sexy? It is sexy because it is 'Carmen.' It's different. I really wanted to show, especially for Tessa, a new way to go, show different aspects of her talent as a performer. It is a drama, it is a sexy drama."
The 23-year-old Virtue, wearing a black backless dress with plunging neckline, and the 25-year-old Moir, scored 104.32 points for their free dance. They finished with 169.41 overall.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press