Chen flops as teammates soar in men's Olympic short program

Winter Olympics: Japanese icon Yuzuru Hanyu goes for history on a shaky ankle

Coming into the free skate in 17th position, Chen landed six quads in his free skate performance, jumping immediately to the top of the standings.

After repeatedly saying that the Olympics were just another competition for him prior to his short skate on Friday, Chen - taking part in his first Olympics - ruefully admitted that the expectations and the occasion got the best of him.

But after his two disastrous short programs, in which he made mistakes on nearly all of his jumps and scored in the low 80s - about 20 points lower than expected - Chen decided he was going to show he truly was the "Quad King". Hanyu won the gold medal in Sochi.

But one of Hanyu's strongest supports has been Spanish skater Javier Fernandez, who trains with him in Canada under coach Brian Orser and took bronze.

US figure skater Nathan Chen blew the roof off the ice arena in Pyeongchang on Friday, landing six quadruple jumps, five of them clean, in the men's free skate. They might want to consider a more compact version for people without the luxury of a two-hour lunch break.

Japan exploded with joy at his win, the first time a male figure skater defended his Olympic title since American Dick Button in 1952. In Saturday's program, Chen executed six quadruple jumps, which included four different types of jumps and two of which were done in combination with another jump.

Despite the disappointing overall result, Chen did put on a historic show in the free skate by landing six quads. "I knew it was going to be my last one (Olympics) so it's true that I was a little bit more nervous than yesterday".

For the second night in a row, the ice was filled with Winnie the Pooh bears after Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu finished his spectacular program.




American Nathan Chen surged from a fiasco of a short program, when he was 17th, by winning the free skate to wind up fifth.

But during the men's free skate, which aired Friday night in the United States, he redeemed himself in a huge way: Chen became the first Olympian to land six quadruple jumps, or quads, in a single performance. "I cherished every competition, and I need to focus on the details", said Jin.

Chen told reporters afterward, "I literally had nothing to lose".

That left Zhou, the son of Chinese immigrants, in 12th place entering the free skate. "Coming here and skiing the way I did, really conservative, was a huge disappointment". "I just did my best today". He continued, "I had already made a bunch of mistakes".

Even cooler will be to see how what Chen learned Saturday will appear on the ice in four years.

"I anxious a lot of people as I could not practise because of my injury".

Nathan Chen returned to his room in the Athletes Village after his Olympic short program, plopped down on the bed and closed his eyes.

"They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody's life changes forever", Rippon said.

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