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Patrick Chan eyes return to competition in 2015-16

Patrick Chan

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Silver medalist Patrick Chan of Canada celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Figure Skating on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Sochi silver medalist Patrick Chan will not skate competitively this season, but he plans to return in 2015-16.

“I am proud of my accomplishments in Sochi and my World Championship titles, but I do feel that there is still more that I can achieve,” Chan said in a press release. “I will return to competition having learned new ways of training and preparing from this year off.”

Chan, 23, took silver at the Sochi Olympics behind Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu after winning three straight World Championships from 2011-13. He skipped this year’s World Championships, which were held after the Olympics in March.

Chan said in June that he would not skate this Grand Prix season, which starts with Skate America in Hoffman Estates, Ill., in three weeks. The Canadian said then that he would wait until the fall to decide if he would skate at the 2015 National Championships in January and, potentially, the World Championships in Shanghai in March.

Here’s a list of Sochi figure skating medalists not competing this season:

Patrick Chan (silver, men’s singles and team competition)
Yuna Kim (silver, women’s singles; retired)
Carolina Kostner (bronze, women’s singles)
Meryl Davis/Charlie White (gold, ice dance; bronze, team competition)
Tessa Virtue/Scott Moir (silver, ice dance and team competition)
Yevgeny Plushenko (gold, team competition)
Robin Szolkowy (bronze, pairs; retired)

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