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Patrick Chan is a Canadian figure skater. He is the 2009 Four Continents champion, the 2009 & 2010 World silver medalist, the 2007 World Junior silver medalist and the 2008–2010 Canadian Champion. At the 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships, he was nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He placed 5th in the men's event. As of April 2010, he is ranked 7th in the world by the International Skating Union (ISU).
Chan was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He is of Han Chinese descent. His Chinese name is Chan Wai-Kuan. His father, Lewis, immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong as a child; his mother, Karen, immigrated from Hong Kong at age 20. Chan speaks English, French, and Cantonese,and attended École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé, a French language school in North York, Toronto.
Chan has won numerous off-ice awards for his accomplishments. In January 2008, the Chinese Cultural Center 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. 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.
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