Congrats to Nathan Chen — the new Men’s US National Champion!
The 17-year-old shattered records while going to the top of the leaderboard, earning 318.47 points total for both of his short and long programs over the weekend at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
He performed FIVE quadruple jumps in his long program! A first ever!
Nathan is being name dropped all over as the skater who will be changing the face of men’s figure skating.
“That’s what I’ve strived for my whole life,” Nathan shared ahead of the long program about earning the title of champion. “I don’t think it’s necessarily something I should be afraid of.”
He adds, “It’s something I’ve wanted my whole life. It’s definitely a good step for me and I’m really happy to be where I am tonight and hopefully to continue with this in the free skate.”