Figure Skater Nathan Chen Claims Third Straight US Crown
The Yale freshman won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit yesterday, nailing four quadruple jumps and snatching first place by 58 points. Last year, Chen, 19, became the youngest world champion in 17 years — and the first American to hold the honor in a decade. The full-time student has dominated opponents while training alone at Yale’s rink and sending videos to his coach.
Will he cruise to another World Championship? Chen’s short program at the Pyeongchang Olympics wasn’t great, but he pulled off an unprecedented six quads in his free skate — suggesting he’s primed for the March skate-off.