Two silvers is as good as gold for Chan

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By Pritha Sarkar

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - He has already endured one sleepless night thinking about the "split second moments that could have changed everything" and now Patrick Chan fears he may be haunted for years by his failure to win gold at the Sochi Olympics.

The 23-year-old figure skater had been the overwhelming favorite to end Canada's endless search for a male Olympic champion but instead he joined an ever-growing queue of compatriots who ended up with silver - a medal that represents being the 'best of all the losers'.

Since 1987, Canadian men have won 12 world titles. But just as Brian Orser, Elvis Stojko and Kurt Browning failed to turn that success into Olympic gold, Chan too came up short on the biggest stage.

He joined Orser and Stojko as silver medallists while Browning drew a blank on his Olympic odyssey.

"It's going to take years for me to go to bed and not think about those split seconds that could have changed everything," a crestfallen Chan said after his Valentine's Day heartbreak when he wound up with silver behind Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu.

"I couldn't sleep last night as I was so busy thinking about those moments.

"It may seem ridiculous we're so tough on ourself for winning a silver medal but you train day in and day out to do that perfect skate and you want it so badly."

Doing that perfect skate has long been Chan's goal but while he managed to win three world titles despite producing flawed performances, on Friday that luck finally ran out and he became the latest victim of the so-called 'Canadian curse'.   Continued...

Canada's Patrick Chan competes during the figure skating men's free skating program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, February 14, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray