Where It All Began
Ready for a trip down memory lane? Here we go. Who among us can forget Nathan Chen, our U.S. ice skating prodigy? A wunderkind at only nineteen, Nathan was a marvel, a spectacle that captivated audiences and swayed judges. His humble beginnings started in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he first donned ice skates at just three years old. Little did we know, a prodigy was in the making, set to shatter records and redefine the art of figure skating.
The Dawn of a Prodigy
It was in the year following that Nathan participated in his first competition, a mere child in an adult world. By the tender age of ten, he made history, crowned as the youngest novice champion in U.S. figure skating—a testament to his remarkable talent.
Rising to the Pinnacle
Nathan’s list of accolades is vast and impressive. With a bronze from the 2018 Winter Olympics, two Grand Prix Final championships under his belt, and a reign as the U.S. men’s figure skating champion for three consecutive years, it’s evident he’s a force to reckon with. And his abilities aren’t just confined to the rink. A true athlete, Nathan excelled in ballet and gymnastics, reinforcing his special skill set.
The Land of All
The 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championship in Detroit, Michigan, served as the canvas for Nathan’s magnum opus. His free-skate routine set to “Land of All” by Woodkid took our breath away as he became the only competing skater to successfully execute five quadruple jumps: toe loop, salchow, loop, flip, and lutz.
The magic lies in Nathan’s ability to make the extraordinary appear effortless, his body flowing with the rhythm, embracing the ice with unparalleled grace and agility. His performance isn’t a sequence of tricks; it’s a symphony of movement, a testament to his extraordinary control and strength.
The Climax of Brilliance
Nathan ended his performance with a staggering score of 228.80, his routine described by judges as “near perfection”. His astounding overall score of 342.22 dwarfed his closest competitor by 58 points. It was this captivating performance that secured his third consecutive U.S. title.
We invite you to watch the video below to re-experience the raw, exhilarating talent of Nathan Chen. Share it with your loved ones and immerse yourselves in his story because it reminds them that passion, dedication, and talent can defy even gravity.