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Figure skating | Nathan Chen champion of the United States for the 6th consecutive time

(Nashville) Nathan Chen, a three-time world champion in figure skating, achieved his sixth consecutive national title at the United States Championships, confirming that he will be the clear favorite for Olympic gold within a month in Beijing, although he is not immune to some bugs

The 22-year-old skater won with a total of 328.01 points, after winning the free skating (212.62 pts), to the tune of an Elton John medley on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The day before, to the sound of Bohemian Charles Aznavour had been particularly impressive in breaking his personal best in free practice with 115.39 points.

This time it was less brilliant, as he fell twice, after a quadruple jump at the beginning of the program, and at the end while performing frantic dance steps.

Which reminds us that even a champion of his caliber is not immune to traffic accidents, although he was still above the competition.

This happened at the start of the season at Skate América, where he finished 3me after being unbeatable in this competition since 2017, before quickly bouncing back by winning Skate Canada.

“These championships have been very enjoyable. The crowd was amazing. It was a good moment, ”commented the American hotly, who surpassed the young 17-year-old prospect Ilia Malinin (302.48 pts) and Vincent Zhou, his runner-up in 2017, 2019 and 2021 on the podium.

“The competition was really tough. I am happy to be part of this generation, ”Chen indirectly paid tribute to them, who now must be formally selected by the corresponding US committee, although there is no doubt.

In Beijing (February 4-20), he will be looking for nothing but gold, four years after placing 5me in PyeongChang.



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