KSL OLYMPICS

Nathan Chen Shatters Men’s Figure Skating Short Program Record

Feb 7, 2022, 10:32 PM | Updated: Feb 8, 2022, 9:15 am

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City’s Nathan Chen shattered the record score in the Men’s Figure Skating Short Program and is well on his way to winning Gold at the Winter Olympics.

Chen participated in the Men’s Figure Skating Short Program at Capital Indoor Stadium on Monday, February 7.

The native Utahn crushed his routine and produced a record-breaking score of 113.97.

“Yeah, I mean, I’m just really happy to be here. I’m so happy with the way that program went. Scores aren’t always in my control, of course, so all I can try to do is do the very best that I can in that moment in those two minutes and 50 seconds, or in my case, three minutes. And yeah, just really do the best that I can, and I was happy I was able to do that,” Chen said to KSL’s Alex Cabrero minutes after his skate.

He went on to say, “What happened in 2018 definitely helped me grow and learn a lot — I learned a lot from that mistake. So, you know, getting another chance, I didn’t want to make that same error again.”

The previous short program record was held by Chen’s rival and two-time defending Olympic champion, Yuzuru Hanyu. Hanyu’s previous record score was 111.82.

After Chen jumped into first place, Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama moved to second place with a score of 108.12.

Shoma Uno of Japan finished in third place with a score of 105.90. Hanyu placed seventh.

Nathan Chen’s Scores

Technical Score: 65.98

Component Score: 47.99

Result: 113.97

Rank. 1

Chen’s next event will be in the Free Skate on Wednesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT).

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

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