Wesley Chiu (Richmond) has a silver lining to his first Canada Winter Games experience after coming in second in the novice men's figure skating event.
Chiu admits he was a bit disappointed with his long program on Thursday, which scored a 75.12. It was second only to gold medallist Matthew Newnham (Alberta) who judges gave a 91.54. Rio Morita (Ontario), who took bronze, scored a 70.85.
"It wasn't what I was planning on doing, I definitely wanted much more. I really liked my last few elements though and I felt like I tried not to give up and pushed through to the end," said Chiu.
The Team BC skater said he was happy with his short program. Judges scored him a 47.93 in the short program, the best score out of the other eight skaters.
"I definitely learned a lot from this competition. I learned to keep myself composed as it has been a long season. I also learned how to keep my head in the game and pace myself until I get here," said Chiu. "There is a lot going on here and the large crowd brought it to a different level ... there is a lot of energy on and off the ice."