Nathan Chen's Winter Olympics 2018 Men's Short Program Leaves Fans in Shock

Les patineurs artistiques à l'heure des quads

Chen had changed a quad flip to an easy quad toe in the short program.

He said he had mixed emotions. His favorite yellow Pooh bear toys then rained down onto the rink as Japanese fans were screaming his name and waving banners with his name or cartoon images.

Nathan Chen rewrote the story of his Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, performing an unprecedented six quad jumps in his free skate and launching himself from 17th place and almost winning a medal in the men's singles competition.

His compatriot, Vincent Zhou, nearly matched Chen's bold and graceful delivery with one of his own, completing two quad lutzes - the most hard of the quads -s coring a lifetime best of 192.16 for the night.

The U.S. Olympians will have to contend with incumbent champion Yuzuru Hanya of Japan, who skates right before Chen at 11:48 p.m.

Paul Wylie, Olympic silver medalist, says Chen's feat is a reflection of the stratospheric levels to which men's skating is reaching. I'm so proud. And you know, I'm so proud of my young teammates, too.

"The big grin on his face and the way he has his arms over the other two, it's very much a "Look!" There's a lot of stigma around it, that it's the one competition you've been dreaming your whole life to go to. "A lot about redemption, but honestly I just wanted to leave satisfied with what I've done". Chen's attempt at six would have succeeded if he hadn't put his hand on the ice during a quad flip. Without the pressure of skating for a gold medal and living up the hype, Chen said he was able to just relax and skate. A victory in the free skate.

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He became the first U.S. male skater to land two quad jumps in a short program and four quad jumps in the free skate event at the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championship. "That just tightened me up, made me really cautious out on the ice and that's not the right way to skate".

"Being in such a low placement and going into the longs allowed (me) to completely forget about expectations and allow (me) to be myself", he said. "So for this to happen, for everything to come to those 4 minutes and 40 seconds on the ice, to put out such an fantastic long program, that's why I was so emotional at the end".

"It just feels incredibly great", 49-year-old figure skating fan Takashi Kondo said of Hanyu's achievement at a public viewing site at NHK Fureai Hall in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward.

Maggie Voisin of the United States competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Slopestyle final on day eight of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park.

No, it wasn't supposed to happen this way. Chen finished 5th, Zhou 6 and Rippon 10. The constant attention and adoration that comes with the hopes of an entire nation resting on your shoulders.

And he won the support of Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, in Korea as part of NBC's coverage, though she focused on his outfit choice as much as his jumps. If Chen is the quad king, then Zhou is his prince.

"Obviously I am human, I make mistakes".

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