The actual Nathan Chen lastly arrived on the 2018 Winter Olympics.
After falling (quite miserably) to 17th place after the workforce males’s brief program and earlier particular person occasions, the two-time U.S. champion determine skater redeemed himself with a history-making males’s free skate efficiency on Saturday.
Chen, 18, landed a historic 5 clear quadruple jumps throughout his lengthy program on Saturday. In an extra quad flip ― he had initially deliberate for less than 5 ― Chen positioned his hand on the ice. The swish and highly effective efficiency earned him a private finest rating of 215.08, elevating his closing rating to 297.35.
Whereas he misplaced his probability at a medal, Chen’s six-quad try nonetheless made him the primary Olympian to land even 5 quads cleanly in a routine.
“I did one of the best that I may after what occurred within the brief program, and I feel what occurred within the brief program allowed me to take the strain off myself and simply get pleasure from myself right here,” Chen told NBC after the occasion.
When requested why he tried six quads after a disappointing week, Chen replied: “I already fell so many instances, I would as effectively exit, throw every part down and see what occurs.”
His comeback impressed many veteran determine skaters, together with announcers Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, and 1992 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.
“What?!?!?!” Yamaguchi tweeted after Chen’s present. “Utterly inhuman show of ridiculousness!!!”
She included her personal “rooster scratch” scorecard within the tweet.
Chen was breaking information means earlier than the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
He grew to become the primary U.S. male skater to land two quad jumps in a brief program and 4 quad jumps within the free skate occasion on the 2016 U.S. Determine Skating Championship. Chen broke related information the next yr by touchdown two quad jumps within the brief program and 5 quad jumps in a free skate efficiency on the 2017 U.S. Championship.
Welcome again, Chen!
- This text initially appeared on HuffPost.