Canada’s Patrick Chan knows breaking the 300-point barrier is possible at the Sochi Olympics, but the 23-year-old figure skating world champion says he’s just focused on completing a clean program.
Chan spoke with Reuters about his goals for the upcoming Games:
Every time I walk on to the ice for a competition, my goal is to do a clean programme and to perform my heart out.
The only reason I would like to reach (the) 300 (point mark) would be to put a benchmark in the 6.0 kind of (way).
The ease of the 6.0 system was that people could understand what a perfect score is and I hope that if I can reach 300 … people can understand what is a good score or what is the ideal score for perfection.
Chan added that he’s more focused on how he “can inspire people and move people” than he is on simply chasing the record.
At the 2013 Trophée Eric Bompard held in Paris last November, Chan set a world record with a staggering 295.27 points, beating Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu by over 31 points. Considering he set that mark despite not having a truly flawless run, eclipsing 300 points at the Sochi Olympics is a realistic possibility.