Canadians wine 3 medals at Worlds ice-skating – Chan and Leung out of medal range

Canadian ice skaters landed 3 medals for the first time in years. 

Jeff Buttle won the first gold for a Canadian since 2003 when Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz won for ice dancing.  Elvis Stojko won men's singles gold in 1997. 

Winning silver in ice dancing were Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, while Jessica Dube and
Bryce Davison won pairs bronze Wednesday.

Patrick Chan
, the 17 year old teenager who is Canada's current reigning Men's National winner  finished ninth in his World Championships debut.  Chan only last year had won silver at the World Junior Championships, and last November won gold at the Grand Prix in Paris.

Mira Leung finished 14th and Canadian nationals winner Joannie Frechette missed the podium at 5th.  But all is not lost…   There is good talk that this is Canada's strongest skating team in years, and Canada's hopes for Olympic gold in Vancouver for 2010 will be strong in ice-skating.  Bet that Vancouver's Chinese-Canadian community will strongly be following Vancouver born Leung, and Toronto's Chan.  Pretty amazing that these two are still teenagers.

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