US skater powers to gold

Nathan Chen had the ultimate say within the males’s particular person determine skating competitors on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. He earned that privilege together with his record-setting quick program earlier within the week.

His closing assertion Thursday might hardly have been extra direct. He left no room for doubt as to who one of the best on the planet is.

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The 22-year-old American powered his technique to gold because the final competitor to finish his free skate. He hit 5 quads as a medley of Elton John hits performed beind him: “Rocket Man,” “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Highway” and “Benny and the Jets.”

He closed the present with a understanding smile and some dance strikes.

Chen rocketed to the highest of the standings after incomes by far the best rating of the evening, 16.7 factors higher than silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama of Japan. That gave him a 22.55-point victory. Shomo Uno of Japan claimed bronze.

Chen is the primary American to win gold in males’s determine skating since Evan Lysacek in 2010 in Vancouver. The victory additionally wipes away the bitterness of Chen’s fifth-place end in Pyeongchang in 2018.

“I simply had a blast on the market. I’m so grateful,” he informed NBC afterward.


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