by Hannah Begay
Nathan Chen had quite possibly the best skate of his life during the men’s free skate on Thursday. Skating to “Rocket Man” he accomplished a near perfect score, earning him the gold medal.
Chen pulled off his win with an epic performance filled with many technical moves. His program opened with a quadruple flip, followed by a triple toe loop. He continued to dominate every move he made including a quadruple lutz.
“It means the world. I’m just so happy,” Chen said. “There are too many emotions to process.”
He finished with a score of 218.63 and an overall score (short program + free program) of 332.60. Two Japanese skaters followed behind him on the podium.
Yuma Kagiyama, the eighteen year old from Japan, took home the silver with a total of 310.05 points. Shoma Uno captured the bronze with a total of 293.
Chen plans to return to the United States to continue his studies and as far as skating. He will take some time to think first.
Featured image courtesy David J. Phillip, AP