Thursday/ the quad king disappoints

Hey! The 2018 Winter Games is underway.  US figure skater the ‘quad king*’ Nathan Chen (18) made his debut on Friday in Pyeongchang, but disappointed.  He failed to properly execute the quad triple toe, and fell on another jump, ending up in fourth place.  ‘Was it nerves? What went wrong?’ inquired an interviewer.  “I wasn’t nervous,’ Chen said. ‘I felt pretty comfortable, I was relaxed and ready to go.’ He did admit that he ‘got ahead of myself. I think I was a little too excited.’

*Chen is the first figure skater to land five quadruple lutz jumps (four rotations) in one program. These jumps take a lot of energy, physically and emotionally.  Chen is also the only undefeated men’s skater in the world this season.

Nathan Chen falls during the Olympic team event (men’s single figure skating short program) on Friday in Pyeongchang. [Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TodaySports]

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