Nathan Chen performed a stellar short program featuring five quadruple jumps on Sunday to become the youngest men’s US figure skating champion in five decades.
17-year-old Chen, skating to “The Polovtsian Dances,” is now the first skater in the world to successfully land five clean quads in competition. His result was a free skate score of 212.08 — and it was more than the composite of several of Chen’s rivals — finishing with a 318.47 total which effectively put him out of the competition’s reach.
Chen’s began his aerial showcase with a quad lutz-triple toe combination, bobbling only when coming on a triple flip-triple toe close to the program’s end.
But by that point, Rafael Arutunian, Chen’s coach, was already shaking his fists in celebration.