Nathan Chen, the American skater who many believed was headed to a gold medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, fell on the ice during what announcers said was a “disastrous” performance on the ice and the worst they’d seen from the 18-year-old Utah phenom. You can watch a video of Chen talking about the fall below:
There is not video of the actual fall, but people watching it on television expressed shock.
Chen didn’t mince words. He wasn’t very happy with his performance, either.
“I was really excited. I felt pretty good… I’m really upset that I let the team down with that short program…but I still have two more big programs that I have to do and so I will focus on that and do a better job,” Chen said after the program to NBC News. “I let myself down, and I let the team down. It’s not a representation of who I am, and what I can do. I need to work hard in the next couple days.”
Chen said he needed time to go over what went wrong. He’s been an athletic marvel on the ice since he was 10-years-old, and the youngest U.S. Novice Champion. He completed five quadruple jumps in competition, which was “the first man in international skating history to land five quadruple jumps in one 4 1/2-minute program,” The Washington Post reports.
Nathan Chen was probably the most hyped up and highly anticipated men’s figure skating talent going into the Olympic competition.
Chen has fallen before. Here’s video of him falling on the triple axel during the World Figure Skating Championships:
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