Perfect symbolic fit: Five Olympic rings. Five Nathan Chen free skate quads. And Chen doing them on the rink where a year from now he will be a strong contender for an Olympic gold medal.
The improbability that I could now confidently make such a bold statement about Chen is, in keeping with the numerical theme, the first of five takeaways from what he did Friday and Sunday in winning the Four Continents Championships in Gangneung, South Korea.
1. Few U.S. singles skaters have had as meteoric a rise as Nathan Chen.
Last December 8, a day before the free skate at the Grand Prix Final, the 17-year-old from Salt Lake City was a prodigiously talented young skater with no striking international success at the senior level.
Barely three months later, he has become the most striking figure skater in the world, with a real chance to win the title in his debut at the senior World Championships beginning March 28 in Helsinki, Finland.Read More