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Yuzuru Hanyu, Patrick Chan chase historic figure skating gold

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Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 6

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan competes during the Men's Figure Skating Short Program on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

The men's figure skating medals will be determined today, and if either of the two leaders – Yuzuru Hanyu or Patrick Chan – win, it'll be the first men's figure skating gold for their countries.

Japan's Hanyu has already made history. The lanky 19-year-old set a record score in the short program, breaking the double digit mark for the first time ever (watch his powerful performance).

Canada's Chan will hope to break the so-called "Canadian Curse" that plauged his countrymen Brian Orser, Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko. All were considered favorites for Olympic gold, and all faltered.

[Related: Evgeni Plushenko withdraws from men's event, announces retirement]

The battle for bronze will be just as exciting, with a number of men within striking distance. If Javier Fernandez – who's currently in third – keeps his placement, he'll earn Spain's first figure skating medal. Meanwhile, Daisuke Takahashi of Japan – who's in fourth – will look to repeat his bronze medal-winning performance from Vancouver.

But it may be Jason Brown's night to shine. The American sensation sits in sixth, but is less than a point behind Fernandez after the short program. As the last skater of the night (see the skate order), he just might bring the house down with his rousing "Riverdance" routine.

Follow the live stream of the men's free skate from Sochi and join the conversation below with Yahoo Sports' Lawrence Yee as he provides play-by-play analysis.

The men's free skate starts at 10am ET/7am PT.

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