In news that will surprise absolutely nobody, Nathan Chen won his fifth straight title at the United States Figure Skating Championships on Sunday. Chen is currently on an almost three-year winning streak. He hasn’t lost a single competition considering that Feb. 2018, when he came in fifth at the Winter season Olympics in Pyeongchang. Ever since, he has actually acquired 2 World Champion titles and 2 more Grand Prix Final wins, and he’s been the indisputable champ of American men’s figure skating.
Skating to a sophisticated, effective assortment of Philip Glass music, Chen assembled a normally strong efficiency in his complimentary skate, including 5 quad jumps– the most tough aspects performed in modern-day figure skating. In spite of a minor stumble coming out of his very first dive, he had the ability to hold on and recover rapidly, integrating near-flawless dives with detailed choreography. Chen’s exact totally free skate made him 208.36 points, which, integrated with his short program score of 113.92, provided him a staggering overall of 322.28, nearly 31 points above his nearby rival, silver medalist Vincent Zhou.
Over the previous few years, Chen has actually provided the sort of skating we see only once or twice in a generation, and this nationwide title is certainly historical. This marks Chen’s 5th national championship in a row, an accomplishment last accomplished almost 70 years ago. The last American to win 5 consecutive guys’s titles was skating legend Dick Button, who won 7 gold medals at the US Figure Skating Championships between 1946 and1952 Chen is well on his way to pursuing that record, and he’s got his eyes on another prize, too: Olympic gold, the only significant competition he has yet to win.
Back in 2018, Chen was forecasted to win an Olympic medal, however an uncharacteristically poor brief program landed him in 17 th place after the first round of competition. For the past two years, Chen has actually been neck-and-neck with two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, and we can’t wait to see what 2022 holds for him.