Nathan Chen provides US an early lead in workforce competitors

BEIJING — To date, so good for Nathan Chen and the U.S. Olympic determine skating workforce.

The reigning three-time world champion skated a peaceful, clear brief program Friday to offer the Individuals an early lead after the primary occasion of the workforce competitors on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Chen, 22, donned a easy black sport coat whereas skating to a rendition of “La Boheme” by Charles Aznavour. He landed each of his quads and a triple axel en path to a season-best rating of 111.71, drawing loud cheers from the remainder of Group USA’s skaters, perched on the finish of the rink. Pairs skater Kaitlin Hawayek, one among his closest pals, held up a hand-crafted signal that learn “10 for Chen.”

“It feels nice to have the ability to have a brief program that I really skated properly, at an Olympic expertise,” Chen mentioned with amusing, alluding to his disastrous brief program on the 2018 Video games. “So (I’ll) take as a lot as I can from this expertise after which take it daily from right here.”

American Nathan Chen competes within the males’s brief program of the determine skating workforce occasion through the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Shoma Uno, the 2018 particular person silver medalist from Japan, completed second with an general rating of 105.46, adopted by the Russian Olympic Committee’s Mark Kondratiuk (95.81).

The boys’s brief program is the primary of eight occasions within the workforce determine skating competitors, which options groups from 10 international locations. Competitors continued later Friday with the rhythm dance and pairs brief packages.

The U.S. took bronze within the workforce occasion on the 2018 Video games in Pyeongchang.

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Chen, who has received every of the previous three world championships and 6 consecutive nationwide titles, will now possible shift his focus to the person competitors, the place he’s favored to win gold.

He additionally mentioned he was not planning to stroll within the opening ceremony later Friday.

“I already did it as soon as,” he mentioned. “And (it will be) shut proximity with lots of people. I am positive will probably be secure, however I compete in a pair extra days, so at this level, (I will simply) give attention to that.”

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