"Superhuman" Nathan Chen makes more skating history

Nathan Chen during his winning free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (IceNetwork photo)

Nathan Chen during his winning free skate at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (IceNetwork photo)

It's the same wondrous story, with a new twist.

Nathan Chen made more personal and global skating history Friday night at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic by landing a clean quadruple loop on the first attempt at the jump in his competitive career.

And, Chen did it in his first competition of the Olympic season, on the rink where he first took to the ice at age two, a rink built as a practice facility for the 2002 Winter Olympics. He did it in a free skate that made him an easy winner over teammate Max Aaron.

So, he is now the first man to land five different quads -- lutz, flip, salchow, loop and toe loop -- although not all in one program.

Not yet, anyway.

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