By BARRY WILNER, AP Sport Author
Let this sink in: Nathan Chen has not misplaced a contest since February 2018.
Discuss unbeaten streaks.
Since his disappointing sixth-place end on the Pyeongchang Olympics, the 22-year-old Chen has received three world titles, the final three of his 5 U.S. championships and the 2 most up-to-date Grand Prix finals. He enters Skate America this weekend because the overwhelming favourite to win his fifth consecutive gold medal.
It is the anticipated first step towards what may very well be the crowning season for the person who has elevated the technical points of determine skating to the purpose that no leap, no spin, frankly no objective appears unattainable.
Not that Chen will say so. He is too occupied with what has gotten him to the height, and what he should do to remain there heading towards after which on the Beijing Video games in February.
“Over the previous few years I had actually nice alternatives to compete at these competitions, and for probably the most half all of them just about went to the perfect of my capability at the moment,” Chen says. “Being on the earlier Olympics did give me the brand new kind of perception to comprehend that skating — whereas it’s extremely essential and the factor I’ve actually performed each single day of my life since I used to be 3 — can also be a ardour undertaking for me.
“All of that sounds a bit perhaps that I don’t care a lot about skating, however extra so skating is essential, and that’s what I’ve been doing and that’s what my life has been.
“I do know I’ve a restricted variety of competitions in my life and to essentially to only take advantage of out of every competitors and attempt to get pleasure from myself the perfect I can. And once I discover I’m able to kind of adapt that concept, I’m able to skate higher, greater than worrying about what the result is perhaps.”
There was great anticipation what the result is perhaps in South Korea, after which Chen skated maybe the worst quick program of his profession within the particular person occasion. He rallied with a spectacular free skate however nonetheless fell in need of the medals podium.
That hasn’t occurred since, and every time he has been on the highest step of that podium. The one seemingly challenger in Las Vegas this week is 2018 Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno of Japan, although Chen has distanced himself from Uno and his countryman, d ouble Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, in current occasions.
Chen does not block out or discard reminiscences of Pyeongchang. Like most elite athletes, he makes use of that as an academic and motivating instrument.
“As for studying from the previous Olympics,” he says, “… I positively made an error previously video games in that I modified round my structure a bit an excessive amount of. And that’s positively one thing that could be a necessity relying on how my physique feels, how the ice feels on my boots, so many variables. The extra I can slim that right down to get nearer to one thing I really feel comfy with when it will get nearer to that point, the higher it will likely be.”
For now, the buildup to Beijing means two Grand Prix occasions, the Grand Prix closing he virtually certainly will qualify for, and nationals in early January in Nashville. Chen is on a 1 1/2-year break from college at Yale so he can maintain his deal with his sport.
“You’ll be able to’t management something beside the actual fact having the ability to practice the perfect you’ll be able to and go to that competitors and be the perfect you’ll be able to that day,” he says. “Belief my coaching, belief who I’m, belief my coaching and my workforce.”
Since 2018, that is been an ideal components.
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