Two-time national figure skating champion, the 18-year-old Nathan Chen, who is better known as the “quad king” back in form!
After the back-to-back disappointing performance, Nathan Chen rebounded on Saturday in in his first two Olympic skates, he landed to the historic six quadruple jumps in a single routine, this is something that no one has ever seen here.
Chen pun off fast and easy as a top, the figure skater showed his same skill that helped him to became the U.S. figure skating champion twice. Chen’s performance was the biggest surprise to his last competitive appearance at the 2018 Winter Games.
The figure skater finished his free skate (aired on Friday night stateside), the audience in South Korea’s Gangneung Ice Arena cheered him and gave him a standing ovation as he pleased the crowd with her epic performance.
Gold medalist Tara Lipinski who was providing commentary for NBC, announced, “He’s superhuman.”
Chen decided to add the sixth quad to his planned routine (even without consulting his coach first) shortly before he took the ice.
Chen told reporters afterward, “I literally had nothing to lose.” He continued, “I had already made a bunch of mistakes. If I make a couple of mistakes in long, so be it. I just decided to go for it.”
He said, “Definitely, there was a lot about redemption.” He added, “Honestly, I just wanted to leave here satisfied with what I have done, and I definitely am.”
The figure skater smoothly landed on five out of the six quadruple jumps and slipped the slipped while landing on another, he put his hand on the ice, but still rocked in all four rotations.
Chen earned a score of 215.08 for his quad-heavy performance, combined with the figure skater’s middling short program score of 82.27, gave him a total of 297.35 in the men’s event which leads him to the No. 1 spot.