United States skater Nathan Chen dazzles after poor short program

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Saturday Feb. 17 2018

United States skater Nathan Chen dazzles after poor short program

Defending Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu hypnotised a delirious crowd with a stellar short programme at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, reasserting his dominance of men's figure skating after a lengthy absence from competition.

Chen was undefeated this season, and is the first man to land five quadruple jumps in a single program (he did it to win his first USA national title in the long program in 2017).

On a day of mixed fortunes for the biggest stars in Pyeongchang, fans looking for unlikely heroes found them in an array of colorful characters who came last but not least on a day that gave true meaning to the Olympic spirit.

Nathan Chen broke an Olympic record with six quads on Saturday.

Many people on Twitter were excited and proud to see Nathan recover from the Short Program, calling it a redemption. 6 quads.lovely skating. Guys beyond. He qualified for the free skate in seventh place.

"I just wanted to show everyone I'm back, I'm here", Hanyu said. "I've never been in this position before so I don't really know exactly what to do", he says.

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"I felt that it went pretty well and there were some things that were tight and a little bit stiff, because I was really nervous".

Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics on Monday, while Vincent Zhou landed the very first quad lutz in Winter Games history on Friday.

In the highly ritualized ranks of elite figure skating, ending practice on a positive note is imperative for muscle memory, positive mental image and the confidence that's required to defy gravity and physics while projecting effortless grace. He's a little less experienced than some of his counterparts on the global scene, but Zhou finished second (behind Chen) at the 2017 U.S. Championships and went on to claim gold at the World Junior Championships. "I'm going to talk to my team, figure out what the best approach is and try to move on from it".

Trying to handicap the Olympic men's field was a tough one. On Saturday, Chen changed the narrative. Like I said, Legend. The other variable is Nathan is always talking about his boots; he's got three different pairs of boots.

"As much as I tried to deny it, I think I did feel the pressure a lot, thinking about medals and placement and things like that, things that were entirely out of my control", Chen explained. "Now I'm able to go out in the individual and show the world I'm a cut-through competitor". At the end of two months, I still had trouble skating.

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