The 2008 Canadian Figure Skating Championships are over, and three new winners and one defending champion were crowned. Patrick Chan [see right], age 17, can call himself the youngest men's champion in the competition's history, beating out three-time defending champion and 2006 Olympic bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle. Jeffrey was leading after an exquisite short program, but Chan put together an incredible long program and (helped by a few missteps from Jeffrey in his long) was able to pull ahead in the end to take the national crown.
In pairs, Anabelle Langlois/Cody Hay took the national title from defending champions Jessica Dube/Bryce Davison. Dube/Davison fought their way back from fifth place to finish second. In dance, 2006 World junior champions Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir easily won with a 34-point victory over Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje. Five-time ice dance champions Marie-France Dubreuil/Patrice Lauzon took the year off, which opened the door for Virtue/Moir.
The top ten for each discipline are as follows:
No. Total No. Name Total Patrick Chan
No. No. Name Total Anabelle Langlois/
Next up -- the World Championships in Sweden from March 17-23. The top two men and women and the top three pairs and dance teams from the Canadian Nationals will go on to Worlds.