GANGNEUNG, South Korea - There is no way to sugarcoat this, to find a silver lining or a saving grace, or to think that the light at the end of the tunnel is anything but an oncoming train.
Nathan Chen has simply been awful in his first Olympics.
As poor as Chen was in the team event short program a week ago, he was significantly worse in the individual short program Friday.
"Honestly, it was bad," Chen said. "I made as many mistakes as I possibly could have."
The most gifted jumper in U.S. men's skating history did not have a clean jumping pass among the six he completed in the two short programs. The three in the individual short produced a fall, two step-out landings and failure to do a required combination.
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