Chan skated a masterpiece to Rachmaninoff's piano music. He landed his quad-triple toe, triple Axel and triple Lutz with extraordinary amplitude. At the same time, his footwork was superlative, even more powerful than last season's.
He had said before the competition started, "I love my short program because there are not very many moves from my upper body. I do not have to throw my arms and hands here and there. I can concentrate on the subtlety of my feet and moves, especially during the slow movements.
"There are many silences in that program, too. Then you can really appreciate the skating and moving work in itself."
He credited his music for this.
"Rachmaninoff's music is so inspiring," Chan said. "There are not very many fast rhythms in there, yet there are many details into the music, which I like to emphasize. You need to remain concentrated all the time and think of what you are doing. This program has grown a lot since last year."