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Chen Lu


Mar 5, 2014
Chen Lu (simplified Chinese: 陈露; traditional Chinese: 陳露; pinyin: Chén Lù) was born on 24 November 1976. Chen is the 1994 and 1998 Olympic bronze medalist and the 1995 World Champion. Her 1994 bronze medal was the first ever Olympic medal in figure skating for China.

She is one of my favorite skaters, so I thought I would open one to honor her for all the great beauty she has shown me in her skating and hopefully others will share their views about her performances.

For me, Chen Lu is one of the most emotionally compelling skaters ever with true elegance, marvelous skating skills, lofty jumps with beautiful delayed rotation, erect posture, and fabulous musicality with outstanding dancing ability that really captures the spirit of the many styles of music she skated to from traditional Chinese music to Rachmaninoff.

Born November 24, 1976

Here are many of her performances

Here are some sites about her and video links to her performances:

Worlds 1991 LP

1992 Olympic SP

1992 Olympics LP

1992 Olympics LP

Worlds 1992 SP

Worlds 1992 LP

Worlds 1993 LP

Exhibition 1993

1993 SP Claire de Lune Skate Canada

Pirouetten France 1993 LP

Olympics 1994 LP:

NHK Trophy 1994 LP:

Worlds LP 1995

Worlds SP 1995

1995 International Team Challenge

Trophee de France 1995 Rach II

Skate America 1995 Rach II

1995 Lalique Trophy Rach II

Grand Prix Final Spring Breeze SP 1995

Worlds Spring Breeze SP 1996 Worlds SP:

one of my favorite performances Chen Lu's Rach II Worlds 1996

1997 SP NHK Trophy

Butterfly Lover's Olympics 1998 so beautiful and emotional:

Adios Ninos 1998 Olympics SP:

1998 Black Magic Woman Stars on Ice

2001 Japan Open IF
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Mar 5, 2014
Thank you for your responses plushyfan and bluebell0710. It is difficult to find high quality photos of Chen Lu but here are some:

1995 I think Worlds LP

1994 Olympics LP

1998 Butterfly Lovers Olympics

Other photos

Worlds early

Worlds 1996 SP

Worlds 1996 LP

Trophy Lalique 1996

Olympics 1992

1994 Olympics technical program

Olympics Long 1994

1997 Worlds SP:
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Mar 5, 2014
Here are some articles about Chen Lu:

I am kind of torn as to whether to post these articles because sometimes Phillip Hersh comes across as too harsh, but it has a lot of good quotes from Chen Lu and tells a lot about her struggles, which makes her ability to overcome them by giving such a deeply moving performance in the 1998 Olympics with Madame Butterfly even more compelling. Michelle skated well in this competition, but I really liked Chen Lu the best, especially since the combination of her SP and her Rach II performance is one of my all time favorite overall performances. It is interesting to hear her thoughts and how outspoken she is, though the comments are brief.
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Dec 9, 2017
All the soundtracks of her Butterfly Lovers have been copyright blocked on YouTube. Does anyone know where I can access the Olympic version?


On the Ice
Dec 24, 2017
All the soundtracks of her Butterfly Lovers have been copyright blocked on YouTube. Does anyone know where I can access the Olympic version?
^ This site is basically Chinese YouTube. It has a lot of interviews and promotional events from Chinese skaters not found on YouTube.
Best to use on PC and to get rid of the comments on the screen, click on the chat speak image next to the play button.


On the Ice
Apr 19, 2017
Lu Chen is so underrated. She was one of the most musical and artistic skaters ever. I just realized that she has not even been inducted in the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Her legacy as a pioneer for the sport in her country, accomplishments, and amazing body of work warrants her induction. I hope that she is added to the list of legends in the near future.