January 11, 2014 9:57 pm

Patrick Chan wins 7th straight Canadian men’s title

Patrick Chan performs his men's free program in competition at the Canadian Skating Championships Saturday January 11, 2014 in Ottawa.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Patrick Chan won his seventh consecutive Canadian figure skating title and Kaetlyn Osmond secured an Olympic berth with her second women’s title in a row on Saturday.

Chan scored 277.42 points, well ahead of Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., who finished second at 242.45. Liam Firus of North Vancouver, B.C., was third with 238.13.

Osmond clinched her spot on the Sochi Olympic team with a long program that chronicles Cleopatra’s rise to power.

The story choice was strategic, meant to mirror Osmond’s rise through the ranks to hopefully the top of the Olympic podium one day.

“Very proud,” Osmond said after Saturday’s victory. “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.”

The 18-year-old from Marystown, N.L., who’s battled back from two injuries that sidelined her for much of the last four months, scored 207.28 for her program that included six triple jumps.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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