US figure skater Nathan Chen has taken gold at the 2022 Winter Olympics with an incredible display.
There are times when watching the Olympics that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy watching the best athletes on the planet do the thing they are incredibly good at. It’s even easier to do when watching someone like the 22-year-old Chen, who turned in a near-perfect performance to the tune of a medley of songs including Elton John’s Rocket Man.
During his display, he successfully pulled off a quad flip, triple toe loop, quad toeloop, a single Euler and triple flip combination and while I’m not completely sure what any of those mean I do know I definitely couldn’t do them.
According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old had on previous occasions said he ‘hated’ the Olympics after failing to win a medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics hosted in Pyeongchang, despite being a favourite in two categories.
Now, however, he has put his prowess as a figure skater beyond all doubt with a stunning gold medal which represents the culmination of all his efforts since first putting on a pair of skates aged three.
Speaking about his victory, Chen said: ‘Of course, there are certainly many things I could have done better, but overall I was very happy I was able to do the program that I put down.
‘The Olympics are the end goal. It’s the driving force behind a lot of what we do and a lot of the decisions that we make. The Olympics is the world to me and I’ll need to take some more time to process it. I never imagined I could be here competing against people like this and being on that podium.’
Chen is the first American for 12 years to claim the men’s figure skating gold medal, and per The Independent, he is also due to pick up a silver medal from the team competition.
However, the medal ceremony has been on hold for several days after a member of the gold medal-winning Russian Olympic Committee team reportedly tested positive for a banned substance.
As for Chen’s next steps, he is looking forward to returning to Yale University, where he is studying for a degree in statistics and data science.
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