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Canada's Patrick Chan from Toronto performs his short program to place first in the men's competition at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships Friday, January 15, 2010 in London, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley
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Skate Canada names Olympic team
By Jennifer Lukas, Posted Sunday, January 17, 2010 7:18 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Skate Canada revealed its final six Olympians following the conclusion of the 2010 Canadian Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont., on Sunday.

Patrick Chan and Vaughn Chipeur will both represent Canada in the men's event, while ice dancers Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, Vanessa Crone and Paul Poirier will compete in next month's Olympic competition.

All the athletes received their welcomes to the team along with an official Canadian Olympic jacket. For Chan, the jacket was what made the experience start to seem real.

"To put that jacket on," Chan said, "You start to realize - I'm really going to the Olympics. "

Virtue, of London, Ont., and Moir, of Ilderton, Ont., set national records in London this weekend for both their free dance and overall scores. They swept the competition with a combined 221.26 points.

Behind them, Crone, of Aurora, Ont., and Poirier, from Toronto, scored 184.70 points to take the silver medal by a mere three-tenths of a point over Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

In the men's event, Chan, of Toronto, secured his third-straight national title Sunday by winning both the short and free programs.

Chipeur, of Edmonton, won a heated battle for the second Olympic berth, earning his second-straight national silver medal to punch his Olympic ticket.

The ice dance and men's singles skaters join the six skaters named to the Olympic team on Saturday: Women's competitors Joannie Rochette and Cynthia Phaneuf, and pairs teams Jessica Dubé and Bryce Davison, and Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay.

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