According to USA Today, U.S. Figure skater Nathan Chen was one of the most hyped-up athletes at this year’s games. Coming into PyeongChang as an undisputed champion on the national circuit, Chen solidified his reputation as the one to beat with his 2017 U.S. Nationals routine, becoming the first figure skater to land five quads in a single routine.
With that stunning achievement as the backdrop to his Olympic debut, it was horrible to watch what USA Today called “the worst performance of his life” when the 18-year-old phenom “fell [on the triple axel], turned one of his vaunted quads into a double and failed to add a triple toe loop on the end of his first quad,” during his short program in the team competition.
For Chen, that performance was obviously crushing, but the champion took the flop in stride, saying that he was “upset that I sort of let the rest of the team down.” He added, “I’m glad I got the opportunity to at least put my program down and learn from it, now all I can do is try to analyze what I did wrong and move on.”
Move on he did, landing a new record of six — yes, six — quads in the individual event finals.