Nathan Chen dazzles with 5 quad jumps to win US nationals
SAN JOSE, Calif. /January 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Nathan Chen skated once more in a victory lap of sorts, this time to high-five fans as the newly crowned national champion.
Well, repeat champion.
And oh what a lopsided win he delivered.
Chen dazzled yet again with his remarkable athleticism to pull off five breathtaking quadruple jumps, skating the final routine to a commanding U.S. national championship Saturday night.
With improved poise and style that showed all his growth, not to mention his new Vera Wang costumes, Chen beat second-place Ross Miner with a total score of 315.23 — a startling 40.72-point margin.
The 18-year-old Chen all but secured his spot for next month’s Pyeongchang Games— the U.S. Olympic selections will be announced Sunday morning. He opened with a quad flip- triple toe loop combination at full speed and with flair, and never looked back. Chen displayed a new maturity and attention to detail such as pointing toes, using his head and being more expressive with his body.
“I still need time to really wrap my head around this,” Chen said. “But this whole season has gone exactly as I wanted it to in terms of all the requirements to make that Olympic team. Honestly at this