Chen says he’s grown up since disappointing Pyeongchang Games


Figure Skating – World Figure Skating Championships – Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden – March 28, 2021 Nathan Chen of the United States performs at the TT News Agency Gala Show via REUTERS / Jessica Gow / tt

October 18 (Reuters) – U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen said on Monday that his disappointing performance at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018 gave him a new perspective on the sport.

Chen was forced to settle for fifth place in the individual competition in South Korea and walked away with only a bronze medal in the team event despite very high expectations.

But the 22-year-old has been unstoppable since then and won his third consecutive world championship in March.

“Having the opportunity to have such a tough skate at the previous Olympics gave me the idea that skating, even though it’s incredibly important and the thing that I have literally done every day since I was born. am three years old, is also just a passion project for me, “Chen said at the USOPC media summit.

“It kinda sounds like I don’t care about skating… but there is life outside of skating. In the near future, I will have to get away from skating. I won’t be able to skate for the rest of my life. “

Chen, who will again compete in the February Games in Beijing as a favorite, said he now realizes that every competition is an opportunity to show the work he has put into his craft.

“I have a limited number of competitions in my life and I want to make the most of each one and try to have the best possible fun,” he said.

“I find that when I am able to adopt this mentality, I am able to skate much better or at least put myself in a position where I feel much more relaxed and I can enjoy it rather than worrying about the result. . to be.”

Chen has also become more outspoken on social issues like voting rights and racial inequalities since his last Games.

“The past four years have given me a lot of opportunities to learn more about what’s going on in the world. I’ve spent my whole life since I was three, mostly in an ice rink,” a- he declared.

“But luckily I was also able to go to college from 2018 and it gave me a better understanding of what the real world looks like,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to at least discover yourself and know where you belong and how you can create any positive influence you can.”

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Lincoln Feast

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