Nathan Chen Turns Page, Makes Olympic History By Landing 6 Quads

“I only wanted to leave here confident with what we have finished and we unequivocally am,” Nathan Chen said, after resilient from a severe brief module to make a personal-best measure in a men’s giveaway skate.

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“I only wanted to leave here confident with what we have finished and we unequivocally am,” Nathan Chen said, after resilient from a severe brief module to make a personal-best measure in a men’s giveaway skate.

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Nathan Chen rewrote a story of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, behaving an rare 6 quad jumps in his giveaway movement and rising himself from 17th place and scarcely winning a award in a men’s singles competition.

Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu steady as a Olympic bullion medalist in this event, on a strength of dual riveting performances. Hanyu’s teammate Shoma Uno won silver, and Spain’s Javier Fernandez won bronze during a Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea.

Hanyu also finished history, apropos a initial masculine figure skater to repeat as a champion given 1952, when Dick Button achieved a feat.

Chen finished in fifth place, after creation adult for his problem-plagued initial movement in a men’s brief module a day before. All 3 Americans were in a tip 10: Vincent Zhou was sixth and Adam Rippon 10th.

Coming into a giveaway skate, Chen trailed Hanyu by scarcely 30 points. He finished 20 points next him, with a measure of 297.35 to Hanyu’s 317.85. Only a 3 medalists surfaced 300 points in their total scores.

For his final skate, Chen had designed 5 quads. Then he motionless that he would try to spin around 4 times in a atmosphere during 6 jumps — and he pulled it off.

“I have been operative on it for a while,” Chen pronounced after his skate. “It’s never unequivocally entirely come together. we already fell so many times, we was like, ‘I already fell so many times [earlier in Pyeongchang], we competence as good go out and chuck all down and see what happens.’ “

As Chen told NPR’s Melissa Block, “Screw it. we have zero to lose.”

The 6 quads finished story as an Olympic first; they also helped Chen acquire a measure of 215.08 — a personal best and a tip measure of any skater on Saturday. Later, Zhou followed with a 192.16, regulating 5 quads to put himself only next Chen on a altogether leaderboard.

The men’s final was hold during midday Saturday in South Korea — and during night Friday for a continental U.S.

With a final organisation of skaters remaining, Chen was in a lead with 297.35 accumulative points. China’s Jin Boyang finally unseated him; Jin was eventually edged out of a bronze medal.

The skaters and spectators comparison were fervent to see what a tip contenders — generally Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu — would do. Hanyu led all skaters entrance into a second day of competition.

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Hanyu, 23, did not disappoint, branch in a opening that was full of a beauty and tension he’s famous to emanate on a ice. His giveaway movement enclosed 4 quads and warranted him 206.17 points — some-more than adequate for a bullion medal, when total with a outrageous lead he brought into a second day.

After Hanyu’s skate, fans tossed Winnie a Pooh bears onto a ice — a impression is his personal favorite (and NBC reports that he donates all of a pressed animals).

For Chen, a fifth-place finish followed a catastrophic brief program; he after certified to being influenced by nerves. But, he pronounced Saturday, all that vigour was gone.

“I no longer felt like we was essay for that first-place spot,” Chen said. “It mostly was only me being out on a ice an enjoying myself, personification to a throng and unequivocally shower in a Olympic experience.”

In Chen’s quip skate, he pulled off a quad toeloop-triple toeloop burst that a judges awarded with some-more than 17 points.

“Definitely, there was a lot about redemption,” Chen said. “Honestly, we only wanted to leave here confident with what we have finished and we unequivocally am.”

The 18-year-old indispensable to wow a judges to rekindle any hopes of a medal, after branch in an uncharacteristically tender brief module a day before that left him distant down a leaderboard, with 82.27 points. By contrast, Hanyu scored 111.68, with an superb and absolute movement that put to rest any doubts about his liberation from a new injury.

A mixed bearing picture shows a apportionment of a giveaway movement by Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, a initial male to repeat as Olympics figure skating champion given 1952.

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Chen’s opening stirred questions about his ability to hoop a heated vigour of competing in a Olympics; he had likewise unsuccessful to gleam in his partial of a group competition. He answered those questions on Saturday in South Korea.

After Chen’s skate, his teammate Zhou, 17, followed with a absolute opening of his own, environment a tinge from a start with a quad lutz / triple toeloop multiple that a judges awarded with some-more than 19 points.

Coming into a free-skate apportionment of a competition, a top-ranked U.S. skater was Adam Rippon, who incited in another staid and suave opening to secure his 10th-place finish.

On both days of a men’s singles competition, Rippon didn’t try any of a pyrotechnics — generally a mountainous quads — that acquire a tip technical scores. But a judges desired his opening triple flip — triple toeloop combination, and they also gave high outlines for his ability and a approach he crafted his performance.

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