IFS APRIL 2017 With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games less than a year away, Nathan Chen has become one of the most talked-about skaters on the planet. He took men’s skating to new heights at the 2017 U.S. Championships and is considered a heavy favorite to capture a medal at the upcoming World Championships.
The 2017 U.S. Championships will likely be remembered as the event that changed the landscape of American men’s figure skating. Nathan Chen, 17, blazed a trail of technical mastery that had never been seen before, landing a combined seven quadruple jumps in the men’s event in Kansas City — more than any other man in history has done to date.
And along the way, he became the first American man to break 300-point barrier, albeit domestically.
Chen fired off five quadruple jumps with ease in the free and is the first skater in history to land a quint of quads in one program. The Kansas City audience was on its feel 30 seconds before the end of his long program.
“It was amazing. I landed all the jumps that I set out to do and increased the technical value of my program from the (Grand Prix) Final by adding the Salchow,” Chen said. “Accomplishing that was huge for me, so I am very happy for that.”
His point total of 318.47 set a U.S. Championships record, besting the old mark by more than 45 points.
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