In his Olympic debut, figure skater Nathan Chen finished fourth in the men’s short program of the team figure skating event.
Chen, the 18 year old Grand Prix Final champion, has been eagerly awaiting his first Winter Games after remaining undefeated all season leading up to competing in PyeongChang. Known as the “Quad King”, Chen executed the first quadruple flip in Olympic history Thursday night before continuing into a double toeloop combination.
Chen’s program – set to Benjamin Clementine’s “Nemesis” – however, only received a final score of 80.61 points after a failed attempt at another quad jump (a quad toe) turned into a double and was not scored. The first-time Olympic skater then fell on a triple Axel attempt later in the program.
Nathan Chen finishes fourth with a fall in team event short
Despite the failed jumps, Chen’s fourth place finish earned Team USA 7 points towards a team figure skating medal. A favorite to win the men’s singles, Chen feels as if he “let the team down” according to the NBC broadcast of the event.
“Obviously not what I wanted to do on my first Olympic run,” Chen said, “All I can do is try to analyze what I did wrong and just let it go and move on.”
Nathan Chen will take to the ice again Thursday for men’s singles and figure skating team events will continue Saturday with ice dance short dance, ladies short program, and pairs free skate.