“Five quads planned. He will be opening
with the quad flip. He’s going to do a
second quad flip here. Here’s a quad toe,
it looks like. Another one. Why not? Number five. Yes.” “I will have to literally
do my dream program, be super, super clean,
hit all of my quads. You just have to
set your mind right. You have to make sure that you
know what you’re attempting. And then you also need
to know how you’re going to do it perfectly.” “Nathan Chen’s body type
is ideal for quads. He’s very slim from head to toe. He’s got a great
bounce to his knee, and his hips are very closed. So he’s not overly
flexible simply because if you think
about aerodynamics, the sewing needle
is going to spin a lot faster than a pumpkin.” “When he burst onto the scene
to the masses just a couple of seasons ago, people
were really down on him for his artistry. And I always found his
carriage, his arm positioning, the way that he emotes and
presents to an audience, to be very balletic,
very classically trained.” “As I kind of
progressed into ballet, I started to understand
the concept of the art and how pretty and beautiful
all the movement is. And that definitely
correlates to figure skating in terms of where you
need to position your body, how are you going to
position lines, how you’re going to make yourself look
good, while making it sort of look effortless.” “This is a sport that has all
these wonderful technical elements. But they’re performed to music. They’re done as an
entire composition. So it really is artistry on
ice with athletic feats within.” “It really is like a moment of
zen when I’m doing my program. There’s a hush in my body. I don’t hear anything. I don’t really feel much. Occasionally I’ll just notice
certain colors or smells. I just let myself kind
of go on auto drive. If I do make a
mistake in my program, I can really quickly
calculate how much energy that I have to
redo a certain element. For instance, if I
fall on a quad lutz, do I have the energy to
do another quad lutz later in the program? Do I have an energy to
replace that with a toe? Do I have the energy to
just let all that go and do a triple lutz instead?” “It’s all very complicated. But bottom line is
that the judging system has gone so far into
‘mathletics’ and adding up all of the elements that you’re
doing that the art of figure skating is lost. But if Nathan Chen
does five or six quads, blows the roof off the
arena in Pyeongchang, who knows what can happen?”

Meet Nathan Chen, the Figure Skater Who Brought Athleticism to Artistry | NYT – Winter Olympics

48 thoughts on “Meet Nathan Chen, the Figure Skater Who Brought Athleticism to Artistry | NYT – Winter Olympics

  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    As a Yuzuru’s supporter I have to say Nathan’s quad looks more stable and looks good. However (just my feeling) it looks stiff and his performance (besides technical aspects) looks too… sporty. Well maybe I prefer the softness, elegance and the choreography and the ability to attract audiences than an attempt to make quads as many as possible to add up the scores.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    "who may have to rely more on artistry to make up the points" this is what figure skating is all about.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    he looks like asian cole sprouse

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    What an amazing young man! He has accomplished so much and has come a long way!! I love watching him skate!! 🙂

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Skin: Cleared

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Athleticism gets the skaters more points than artistry

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    U American media put too much pressure on him. He is still beginning yet so much pressure. U put so much hope onto him. To those that said “so much hype” tell ur media that to not do that.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I LOVE Nathan Chen ❤️❤️❤️ He is a GREAT skater!👍💖👍💖👍💖

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    idk much about skating but yall need to stfu about other skaters, just appreciate the video for what it is! and also this is NY times, logically why would they need to go out of the country and interview another international skater?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Wow I have never seen such perfection on ice what an incredible performer

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I remember back in the day when Elvis Stojko, Philippe Candeloro, and others were trying to incorporate quads into their routines. It was more like a novelty then, but now its expected.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Кто тренер этого уникального спортсмена Nathan CHEN ?????ЭТО ПОТРЯСАЮЩЕ,,,,МОЩНО И ВЕЛИКОЛЕПНО СТАБИЛЬНО ,,,А ВЕДЬ ОН ТАК МОЛОД— 19 ЛЕТ Хотелось бы знать подробнее его СтановлениИ И БОЛЬШЕ О ЕГО ТРЕНЕРЕ ,,,,,

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    America tries to win everything, placing pressure on just one kid, he will get there but it takes time, there are always other athletes to compete for the states

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    American media is a joke

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Sorry but Yuzuru will always be the best for me.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Nathan you are built beautifully and powerfully. You come out like a warrior ready for battle like the champion you are. Your confidence will be complete and you will win gold in WC in March!!! You are loved and adored!!! Our young hero! Do not underestimate Mr. Chen!!!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I love the spins

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    It's just physics!! I love it. Mathletics 😝

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Well he is about 8 years older than me but I am still learning my 1.5 rotation axel

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    You spelled Yuzuru Hanyu wrong in the title

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    No,no! He is a jumping machine. Zero artistry in his performances. He is a very cute guy and I like him. I only hope he want even to be an artistic skater ,not only an over scored jumping machine of all the judges that he is to day. It's not really to reason to over score him so much. It's not at all good for figure skating. But he is young and lf he want to work with his artistry and not only jumping he can be really great in the future. 😊💖👍

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    LMAO americans at it again

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    he is amazing i would never be able to do that i am a hockey skater

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    The title misspelled yuzurus name

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    It’s Yuzuru hanyu not Chen

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I love Nathan and all but get real, he's not the first athletic figure skater 😒

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I don't think Nathan needs the olympic title to go down in history, because with merely the fact the he is capable of all quads except 4a is something that will forever set him apart. With the new scoring system and base value of quads degraded I doubt that anyone will ever attempt what Nathan did, namely learn and compete with all the quads except 4a, the risk is too high, the payoff too elusive. Thus Nathan has already solidified his spot in the history of the figure skating as one of the greatest.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    While I do agree that Nathan had too much pressure put on him, I think the same applies to Hanyu as well. Maybe the mainstream American media portraites Nathan as the best, but Hanyu has the same pressure from his country. Everyone has pressure and at the end of the day, it's how well you can deal with it. Also to people who claim that "IF Nathan had a normal day he will win", how about " IF everyone had a normal day"? Keep in mind if we compare EVERY skaters best record, the highest is still Hanyu's.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    1:38 ahhajskajava MY FAAAAV ❤❤❤❤

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Yuzuru Hanyu is shookt

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    No hate, but I don't think he brought athleticism………..maybe "Meet Nathan Chen, the Figure Skater Who Added Another Challenge to Skaters" or something :O <3 ^_^

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    you cant compare him to yuzuru hanyu, one of the most well known and respected male figure skaters of our time, when it is LITERALLY his first olympics. yuzuru is obviously much more mature and skilled in areas than nathan but its kinda inevitable?? im sure nathans time will come but there is no way he would even compare to yuzuru, they’re not even in the same playing field.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I've noticed American media focuses more on their own figure skaters and don't care about anyone else, and since these companies dominate the news we know Tonya Harding's name instead of Midori Ito and soon will know Nathan Chen instead of Yuzuru Hanyu. Midori landed the first triple axel in competition ever, so why do most people know Tonya instead of her? Even if you knew Tonya's name as the first AMERICAN woman to land it most still don't know Midori's. Nonamerican celebrities, companies, athletes have to work twice as hard to get half as much 🤦🏽

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    I'm just here to read the comments

    I knew the moment I saw the title of the video how they were gonna be

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    His outside edge thoooo

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Why do people need to compare and compete him with Yuzuru, more like, I am glad there's an Asian descent guy besides Yuzuru we can adore, the more talented and skilled skaters, the better. He is good though.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Maybe Im overreacting but I felt uncomfortable reading "He (Nathan) consistently attempts more quads than his closest rivals, who may have to rely more on artistry to make up the points." at 2:12

    Doesn't figure skating is a sport with both artistry and technical ? What's the point if you have a lot of jumps but neglected artistry then ? 😅

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    Nathan Chen artistry? Lol what kind of joke is that😂😂😂

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    as biased as the title may be, he is still a very pretty boy :3

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    The title is kind of offensive to literally every other skater.
    Nathan is great but what even is this title? Biased reporting much?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    America really love to make themselves special and superior. Too bad people don't fall for it anymore

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    With his talent and skill, he should contemplate becoming a doctor or lawyer, in the future.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    This is so disturbingly similar to how people (the Olympic community) treated Tonya Harding: "She too athletic and we don't like how she presents herself artistically!"
    Its an a demanding athletic sport… and why should anyone be dictating someones creative expression like we're all the same sheep?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    STFU, people. Stop comparing him to Hanyu. I see all this as thinly-disguised racism – saying Nathan is like a "robot" and similar comments. You'd never say that about a white skater who skates much more "robotically" than he does. He's the first skater to ever do 5+ quads in one program – that's an extreme feat. I think people's eyes aren't accustomed to him – he's not quite as graceful and amazing-looking on the ice as Hanyu. He doesn't look like a perfect anime character, like Hanyu.

    Yuzu does 0 quads, but he gets away with a lot because he looks very aesthetically-pleasing on the ice. People, including judges, THINK he's amazing artistically, but it's mostly because he LOOKS GOOD that people's minds are swayed into thinking he's actually artistically stunning. People's minds work that way.

    Nathan should actually be better-known and more celebrated than he is. He goes to Yale – that's better than pretty much any other figure skater. He's Chinese American, and people actually don't give him enough credit for everything he's done. He's pretty much unknown to the broader world out there – only figure skating fans know about him.

    NYT usually sucks. They're not praising an American so much as "reporting" on him. The US and the world is very anti-Chinese.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    "Another quad toe, because why not?"

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