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Patrick Chan wins 7th straight Canadian title

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm •  Published: January 11, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Patrick Chan won his seventh consecutive Canadian figure skating title Saturday night.

Three-time world champion, the favorite heading into the Sochi Olympics next month, scored 277.42 points.

"You know what? I'm so proud to be Canadian, so proud to skate for Canada, and to go to these next Olympics being seven-time national champion is huge," Chan said.

"It's so easy to overlook it, but I still want to make mistakes like yesterday that keep my humble and make me realize how nationals isn't easy and I can't overlook it, and today was a hard-fought program. And that makes me feel like yes, I deserve the seventh title, and I can enjoy it."

Kevin Reynolds was second with 242.45 points, and Liam Firus third at 238.13.

Earlier, Kaetlyn Osmond successfully defended her women's title with 208.23 points, Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their sixth consecutive national crown, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs.

Coming off ankle and hamstring injuries, the 18-year-old Osmond did six triple jumps in her long program chronicling Cleopatra's rise to power.

"Very proud," Osmond said. "It's exactly what I wanted to do in this program. It's the first time I did an actual clean (long) program in competition so I'm super excited. I'm still in shock."

She had the second highest score in meet history, behind Joannie Rochette at 208.23 a month before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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