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Just when it looked like the field was reeling him in, Patrick Chan has raised his game and distanced himself from the pack. Craig Biggio Astros Jersey . Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Of course with the Olympics still over two months away, the questions are being asked; Is he ready too soon? Has he peaked too early? I personally believe there is nothing better for building confidence than knowing what perfect feels like, especially in back-to-back skates. This is something that has eluded Chan in the past. He has had a history of building a lead in the short and hanging on in the long, and of moments of brilliance followed by untimely baubles and stumbles. Now he knows what clean feels like and that he has the mind for it. What we saw in Paris from Chan was consistency and that, combined with his explosive power, was in a word - impressive. Impressive to watch. Intimidating for his competition, who now know that the game has just changed and they need to step up. In this seasons scores, Chans total in Paris has out-pointed the field by almost 30. Heading into the Grand Prix Final next week in Japan, all eyes are on Chan. He takes on the seasons top finishers and the phenomenal Japanese men; three of whom have qualified in the spots behind Chan and are hoping to gain some help with some home field advantage. A similar situation is unfolding in the pairs this season with the Russian team of Tatiana Volososhar and Maxim Trankov. What Chan did in Paris, they did in both of their competitions. They literally did not put a foot wrong in any program in either competition. The nine judges give a score for each element in the program (jumps, spins, steps, lifts) based on the quality of the element. The scores they give range from minus- 3 to plus- 3. Ninteen elements in two programs and they did not receive one minus, on any element, from any judge. All plus- 2 and plus- 3 with a sprinkling of ones. That just doesnt happen early in the season in the pairs event, where the programs are filled with high risk elements, the margin of error is great, and it takes a season for the teams to fully meld with the nuances of the choreography, the hidden technical difficulties and with each other. This season the Russians set and now own the three world records for highest short, free and total scores. This is a team with a clear focus. Until the Vancouver Olympics, Russia held the longest unbroken gold medal streak in the Winter Games. Russia had won every Pairs gold medal since 1964, until 2010 when Russian pairs not only didnt win gold, they failed to reach the podium. We did an interview with Tatiana and Max on TSN following those Vancouver games when they were a newly formed pair. Max spoke about Vancouver, but not about plans of redemption in the pairs event. He talked about how inspired and emotional he was watching Canadians Virtue and Moir in the ice dance event. He spoke about being in the Olympic arena when Scott and Tessa won gold and the whole country celebrated with them and he said "we want the same." It is a mission that seems inevitable. The chance of competing at a home games has also brought out inspired performances from the Russian women, and so the Grand Prix final will look a lot like the Russian nationals in the ladies event. Four teenagers aged 17, two 15 year olds and a 14 year old have qualified for the final. We have watched Russia produce a series of young talented superstars but they tend to come and go and have not been able to translate early season success into success at the big events. In the ladies qualifying, the competition entered and the depth of the field, played into who made the final. Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada and American champion Ashley Wagner have qualified, while great skaters like Akiko Suzuki and Carolina Kostner are left out of the final. I believe that the podium in Sochi will look very different from the one at the final, as a number of the worlds best and brightest will not be at the ladies event in Japan. As always at this time of year, the rivalry intensifies in the dance event where we will see this seasons first head-to-head match-up of Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and World Champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Meryl and Charlie have the advantage in the points early in the season, but it is a game of inches with both teams capable on any given day. Unique this season in the ice dance event is the hotly contested battle for bronze. Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje are among the four teams in the hunt. What is intriguing is how much these teams have improved, and while ice dance has been sensational at the top for a number of years, the teams chasing the champions are bringing the sport of Ice Dance to a new level as a whole. Nolan Ryan Astros Jersey . But even after pouring in a game-high 33 points in a convincing win over the Orlando Magic, Lowry was managing expectations ahead of Thursdays announcement of the reserves for next months game. Colby Rasmus Astros Jersey . - Chris Davis hit a two-run double, scoring Nelson Cruz in his Orioles debut in Baltimores 9-7 win over to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - There will be plenty of buzz tonight in Vancouver when David Beckham and the MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy come to town to face the Whitecaps at BC Place. You can see the game live on TSN2 beginning at 10pm et/7pm pt. Since MLS took a short international break in early June, the Galaxy have been a new team. Or better yet, an old team. The team started the season 3-8-2, but since the short break from May 26 to June 17, the Galaxy have started to resemble last seasons team - and the rest of the year looks promising. With five wins in their last seven matches, and 2011 MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez set to return from an ACL injury, the Galaxy travel to Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday with a playoff spot in their grasp. And now just 14 points off the top and the impressive San Jose Earthquakes, it would not be a surprise to see coach Bruce Arena guide his club back to, or at least near, the top of the Western Conference. Los Angeles (8-10-2) is in fifth place in the West - the top five will advance to the postseason - and produced a memorable victory at Portland on Saturday. Beckham scored twice and had an assist, Robbie Keane also had two goals and an assist, and Landon Donovan had a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win. "Im more happpy with the teams performance . Custom Astros Jersey. .. because I think we showed our character," Beckham said. Arena will still have to iron out a few kinks over the remainder of the year, but a win at BC Place against Vancouver - which has lost its previous three matches against L.A. - and the Galaxy will be within a point of fourth. Vancouver (8-6-6) has slowed recently as it lost both games over the last week against Toronto FC, 3-2, and the Chicago Fire, 1-0. The Whitecaps are just 1-3-1 in their last five matches, but all of those were on the road. The comfort of BC Place will be a nice change, as the squad last played there on June 20. With a 5-1-3 record at home, Vancouver can erase any concerns about its recent skid with a win over Los Angeles. Coach Martin Rennie does have concerns, though, as Alain Rochat is suspended for card accumulation, Eric Hassli is out with an ankle injury, and recently- signed Scotland international striker Kenny Miller is unlikely to debut. Newly-acquired midfielder Dane Richards makes him home debut for the Whitecaps after coming over from the New York Red Bulls. Regardless, Vancouver - fueled by exciting rookie Darren Mattocks - has shown it can compete with anybody in its second season, and will try to slow L.A. on Bell Pitch. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '
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