Born in 1990 into a Chinese-Canadian family, Chan started skating at the age of 5. Patrick Chan’s parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong when they were kids.
He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & 2011) Grand Prix Final champion, a two-time (2009 & 2012) Four Continents champion and a five-time (2008–2012) Canadian champion. At the 2010 Canadian Championships, he was nominated to represent Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics,where he placed fifth in the men’s event. In 2011 Chan set the world records in both men’s free skate short program and long program.
In recognition, Chan was named the recipient of the prestigious Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s top athlete.