Yale University calls Nathan Chen
Team USA poses after winning the silver medal during the team flower ceremony at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on February 7, 2022 in Beijing.
Meanwhile, Chen’s book, “One Leap at a Time: My Story,” by HarperCollins, hits shelves in November. He recounts the many highs of his career, as well as the challenges, including his family’s determination to find the resources to pay for expensive training, a painful hip injury and surgery in 2016, and a disappointing fifth-place finish. at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. 2018.
“(The book tells) a bit more about the dynamic with my family and with my mother (Hetty Wang), especially with my coach, Rafael (Arutunian), and how we kind of overcame the difficulties to come together to achieve the goals we wanted,” Chen said.
“I think everyone had really great talent on my team, but we all took the time we needed to work together and figure out exactly how to make it work,” he added. . “And I think that applies to a lot of other athletes as well.”
All of these events, however, are extracurricular for Chen, who will return to Yale University in August as a rising junior after taking the last two years of college to prepare full-time for the Beijing Games.
A graduate in statistics and data science, he will mainly take STEM courses, but plans to explore other academic fields.
“Language is a requirement, so I still have some language lessons,” said Chen, who has already taken Spanish. “This upcoming semester, I think I’m going to take an astronomy course, but I haven’t confirmed my courses yet. There are a few interesting courses that are available.
After living with mom Hetty in an apartment while training in Irvine, Calif., for the past few years, he is also looking forward to living in a residential dorm among other students.
“I will always find my way to the rink here and there, but for the next few years especially, it will be the time for me to explore, the time for me to talk to others, to understand what their life is like, what type of career path they decided to follow,” Chen said. “(It) will kind of help me understand what excites me, outside of skating.”
One thing Chen won’t be doing this fall is skating, at least competitively. This fall’s ISU Grand Prix skater assignments came out on July 21 and, for the first time since 2016, his name was not on it.
“It will always be exciting to watch the skating, but it will also be a bit bittersweet knowing that I won’t be there,” Chen said ahead of the announcement. “At the same time, I know that in theory skating will always be there for me, if that’s the path I want to continue to choose. But this next part of my life, going back to school, is something I’ve been looking forward to for a while, so I’m mostly excited for it.