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Nathan Chen Takes Men’s Figure Skating Championship. Zhou Third

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Nathan Chen won his second straight US Figure Skating Championship, leaving no doubt he’s America’s best hope for a gold in Pyongchang.

Vincent Zhou took third, putting him in strong contention to join Chen on the US Olympic Team with second place finisher Ross Miner.

Chen’s sensational performance continued his undefeated streak this season. No other skater in the world can say that.

“This is another big step to the (Olympic) games,” said Chen who is considered a cinch for the team. The official announcement won’t be made until tomorrow morning.

“More pressure, more media. I’m ready for it,” he declared to NBC.


Chen hit five quads. His only misstep was a triple axel which he singled instead.


Veteran Adam Rippon placed fourth. A committee will have final say on the three American men to represent Team USA in figure skating.

Vincent Zhou
Vincent Zhou. Photo by Luu via Wikimedia Creative Commons

There is a chance Rippon could be named to the team, displacing Zhou.

NBC commentators Tara Lapinski and Johnny Weir called Zhou the future of American figure skating and suggested he should go to the games to set up the future.

Four years ago you might recall Mirai Nagasu placed third at the Figure Skating Championships, but loss her spot at the games to Ashley Wagner. The decision is based on the total body of work for the season, but the Figure Skating Championships is the most important qualifier.

Rippon told reporters he thinks he deserves to go to the games.


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  1. RE: Nathan Chen Takes Men’s Figure Skating Championship. Zhou Third: He is an exciting skater. I watched him tonight and clapped – He’s that good.


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