Mar 13, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan all but locked up his third straight world title Wednesday with a world record performance in his short program.
His 98.37, highlighted by a quad-toe, triple-toe opening combo, was enough to put him nearly seven points up on the field heading into Friday.
“I got into my last spin and there was this rush of tingling,” said Chan, who shook his fists with excitement following his performance. “It was amazing, you can only feel that once in a lifetime.”
Denis Ten of Kazakhstan currently sits in second with 91.56 points, and Chan’s national teammate Kevin Reynolds is more than 13 points back in third place. U.S. national champ Max Aaron is in eight with a lot of ground to make up.
- Bruce Jenner: I’m a woman; Olympians react 0
- Michael Phelps to move to Arizona with coach Bob Bowman 0
- Simone Biles discusses Martha Karolyi’s team selfie, U.S. teammates, more 0
- Usain Bolt: Tyson Gay’s reduced ban ‘the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard’ 0
- Doug E. Doug reflects on ‘Cool Runnings’ 0
- Nadia Comaneci: Simone Biles’ difficulty is almost equal to men 0
- Ten sports where Brazil can win medals at Rio 2016 0
- Emotional Bode Miller medals in race that mattered most (61)
- Russian women kissing after relay victory at World Championships causes stir (60)
- IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics (47)
- South Korea filing official complaint over Yuna Kim’s Olympic silver (39)
- Zola Budd, 47, dominates college runners in 5K (33)