US Figure Skater Nathan Chen Redeems Himself With Record-Setting Skate
- Author: Arturo Norris Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 7:04
Chan, competing in his third and final Games, was happy with a performance that he acknowledged as solid, but not flawless. My right foot survived.
"I've never been in this spot before", he said Friday. "As much as I tried to tell myself and try to tell you guys that, that's not really the truth". His long program score was 259.39.
"I wasn't sure about my program composition so it was more hard than the free skate".
"If it had all been smooth sailing I would not have been able to win the gold medal", he said. That just tightened me up, made me really cautious out on the ice. I appreciate how it works for this young man by providing an artistic framework for his extraordinary jumps. "Honestly, I just wanted to leave here satisfied with what I have done and I definitely am". "I was just like, 'Oh screw it, I'm going to try it".
Once a medal factory, American men have scaled the podium only twice in the last seven Olympics: in 2010, when Evan Lysacek claimed gold, and in 2002, when Timothy Goebel won bronze. It appeared as if nerves and pressure had gotten the best of him, so despite acknowledging his outstanding potential, I was managing my expectations for Chen's free skate. "Even though it was not a flawless performance today, it was a really good one". Just think about skating all day, all week, every day.
He went into the final day of the competition in 17th.
"Getting to this place was really tough", Yuzuru said.
When Hanyu finished his program, he seemed to know it as well.
The 23-year-old Hanyu joins three other skaters who have retained the title - Gillis Grafstrom of Sweden (1920, 1924, 1928), Karl Schafer of Austria (1932, 1936) and Button (1948, 1952).
Uno botched his opening quad loop but was clean the rest of the way.
Hanyu, a two-time world champion, finished almost 11 points overall ahead of compatriot Shoma Uno. The star entered the Pyeongchang competition as a mystery because he had not competed since October after a right ankle injury suffered three months ago during a practice.
Hanyu's sensational performance in the short program, where he scored 111.68 points, meant he was favorite to win gold. He followed a poor short program in the team competition with a disastrous one in the men's.
The result was a score of 82.27 points, which put him in 17th place entering the short program.
Scoring an American and Olympic record of 215.08 points, the highest score Saturday in the men's singles free skate, Chen pulled himself up from 17th after the short program to fifth at his first Olympic Games.