Nathan Chen Wins Second US Figure Skating Championship

Rachel Ann Cauilan
Jan 09,2018
Nathan Chen (Team USA)Nathan Chen (Team USA)

Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, figure skater Nathan Chen took home the No. 1 spot at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships this past weekend.

Eighteen-year-old Chen, who goes into the Olympics as the U.S.’ best hope for singles figure skating gold, landed five quadruple jumps with a 40.72-point victory at the championships in San Jose on Saturday.

Figure skaters Ross Miner and 2017 U.S. silver medalist Vincent Zhou placed second and third behind Chen.

“I definitely set a big bar for myself last year,” Chen told NBC News. “I wouldn’t even say I reached it today. I still have a way to go to beat what I did last year.”

Chen is the youngest of five children to Chinese immigrant parents and hails from Salt Lake City, Utah.