Nathan Chen wins short program at US Figure Skating Championships

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Nashville (United States) (AFP) – Three-time world champion Nathan Chen, one of the main contenders for Olympic gold at next month’s Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, won the men’s short program at the US Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.

Chen scored 115.39 points, breaking his championship record, and will attempt to claim his sixth consecutive national title in free skating on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

“I was a little shaky at the end, but overall happy with the way I’m skating,” Chen said.

Vincent Chu, the 2021 Skate America winner who finished sixth at the 2018 Winter Olympics, finished second with 112.78 points while 17-year-old Ilya Malinin was third with 103.46 points.

“It’s amazing that such strong American competitors are heading into an Olympic season,” Chen added.

An Olympic selection panel from the United States will select the American men to compete in China next month, also taking into account performances in other events, but Chen’s journey looks like it’s about to end.

Chen, 22, placed fifth in the men’s competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, helping Team USA take bronze in the team event.

Saturday’s results in USA figure skating:

men:

1. Nathan Chen 115.39 points

2. Vicente Zoo 112.78

3. Ilya Malinin 103.46

4. Jason Brown 100,84

5. Jimmy Ma 91.62

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