Posted: 9:31 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Preview: Patrick Chan, Yuzuru Hanyu lead men's figure skating field at Sochi Olympics

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SOCHI, Russia —

If the pressure to win an Olympic gold medal wasn’t enough for 22-year-old Patrick Chan, the Canadian has a long-standing curse that many are expecting him to break in the men’s free skate, as well.

Four Canadians before him have won a combined nine world championships gold medals, but none of them have come away with that coveted Olympic gold, dating back to Brian Orser’s infamous loss to American Brian Boitano in 1988. The “Canadian curse,” it’s called.

Click here to read the entire men’s figure skating preview on NBCOlympic.com.

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