Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Nathan Chen: US Figure Skater, 18, Wipes Out During Debut Olympics Routine

Nathan Chen: US Figure Skater, 18, Wipes Out During Debut Olympics Routine

The second day of competition featured the highly anticipated debut of figure skater Nathan Chen in the men's short program for the team competition event.

It doesn't matter what sport will be televised, Jaclyn Laronde said she will be watching any event.

As expected, Canada was in front with 17 points, but the United States was in strong position after the short programs.

"That was a good skate", Duhamel said of the program that fetched 76.57 points, second only to Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, who rode a brilliant, flawless program to 80.92. "And again, I let them down but I think that they'll be able to pull through". But pretty much Chan - who's parted with too many coaches to count - is doing this on his own.

'I would love to be in the team event, ' said USA skater Mirai Nagasu, who took part in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics but was left off the bronze-winning US team for Sochi. The only top contender to skate cleanly was Japan's Shoma Uno, 20, who led the standings. His only bobble came on his opening quad flip, but he breezed through a big quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination and easily landed his triple axel. Both Chen and two-time US national pair champions Alexa Scimeca Knierm and Chris Knierim contributed their short programs.

Then the men take the ice, where American Nathan Chen is likely to face off against Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic champion, for the title. However, three Russian women are competing under the Olympic flag as "Olympic athletes from Russia", rather than competing as Russian athletes. He fell a second time after a triple axel. Not in terms of nerves, I just wasn't thinking about the right things technically. "We've all known each other so long, and it's just this incredible story that we've all been through, and it's coming to its conclusion, and we want to make it the best possible". I felt really trained, in shape. One of the top skaters for the USA since his teens, he missed out on the Sochi Olympics after coming down with swine flu at the 2014 Olympic trials.

"Honestly, I let myself down". But they were all so supportive. "No need to apologize to them or anything". I think that's the greatness of the team event. "We've got it started and I'm looking forward to it".

Duhamel and Radford watched Chan skate ahead of them back in their respective rooms at the athletes village.

His teammates picked him up in more ways than one.

They would be right. "We hope our performance will motivate the rest of the team". "There is just a great energy building around the entire team. I didn't quite make it, but there is still the individual event to come". "Since I was little, my favourite was bobsledding and all kinds of skiing". He was like the annoying little brother. "The biggest moment in our lives, the biggest stage in our lives, we want to be flawless, right?"

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wished Canada's athletes good luck in a statement released Friday and said the team's diverse makeup is a reflection of the country. For example, long track skaters Heather Bergsma (who qualified for four events at the PyeongChang Olympics) and Brittany Bowe (who is at her second Olympics after competing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics), don't always wear them.

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