Salt Lake’s Nathan Chen propels USA Figure Skating to early lead in team event

BEIJING — Salt Lake City’s Nathan Chen dazzled viewers in the men’s figure skating short program on Friday with an international personal score of 111.71. With his performance, Chen secured 10 points for team USA to help them accrue a first place total of 28 points.

Performing to a version of “La Boheme”, Chen landed two quad jumps, one in combination, and all positive grades of execution to score a season’s best 111.71.


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“You know, I still have a lot more to do ahead of me,” Chen said in an interview. “Of course, I’m very, very happy. I might not be the most like a motive person, but deep down, I’m genuinely very happy.”

Alongside Chen, Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue performed their Janet Jackson program to add 10 points while Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier knotted eight points with their program “House of the Rising Sun”.

Following a one-day break, competition will resume on Sunday and Monday. As for now, the United States maintains a firm first place lead with 28 total points, followed by the ROC with 26 points in second and China with 21 points in third.

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