Karen Chen | Golden Skate

Karen Chen


what are levels anyway
Record Breaker
May 2, 2014
Karen Chen, born August 16, 1999 in Fremont, California, is an American figure skater. She is the the 2022 Winter Olympic silver medalist in the Team Event, the 2012 U.S. Novice Champion, the 2013 Junior Grand Prix of Slovakia champion, and the 2015, 2018 and 2021 U.S. national bronze medalist in the Senior division, and is the 2017 U.S. National Senior Champion. Chen was fourth at 2017 Worlds and 2021 Worlds. She finished eleventh at the 2018 Olympics, but had to withdraw from 2018 Worlds, and has battled with injuries ever since. In Jul.-Aug. 2019, she returned to competition and finished second at the 2019 Philadelphia Summer International competition. Karen finished fourth at 2020 US Nationals.


Official Website:

ISU Profile : http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00034366.htm

US Fanzone Profile:

Archived Icenetwork Profile : https://web.archive.org/web/20180630074013/http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/profile/karen_chen

Tracings Profile: http://tracings.net/chen-kare.html

Wikipedia Page : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Chen

Rinkresults: http://www.rinkresults.com/skater?skater_id=696


Facebook Page :
https://www.facebook.com/karen.chen.5492 (its private though)

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/karebearsk8/

ISU Personal Best Scores (+/- 5 GOE)

Total Score208.63ISU World Championships 2021
Personal Best Score Short Program74.40ISU World Championships 2021
Personal Best Score Free Skating134.99ISU CS Finlandia Trophy 2021

Personal Best Scores (+/- 3 GOE)

Personal Best Total Score199.292017 World Championships
Personal Best Score Short Program69.982017 World Championships
Personal Best Score Free Skating129.312017 World Championships

2021-2022 Season
SP: La Califfa (from "La Califfa") by Ennio Morricone, arranged by Maxime Rodriguez
FS: Butterfly Lovers (Violin Concerto) performed by Takako Nishizaki; choreo by Pasquale Camerlengo, Drew Meekins

2020-2021 Season
SP: "Rise" by Katy Perry; choreo by Drew Meekins
FS: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto; choreo by Pasquale Camerlengo

2019-2020 Season
SP: "You Say” by Lauren Daigle; choreo by Ilona Melnichenko
FS1: "Appassionata" & "Illumination" by Secret Garden; choreo by Ilona Melnichenko
FS2: "The Ovation" from Slow Dancing in the Big City by Bill Conti

2018-2019 Season
SP: "Fire Dance" by Jennifer Thomas (from Illumination album), an arrangement of "Malagueña" by Ernesto Lecuona and "Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz; choreo by Karen Chen, Rohene Ward, Massimo Scali, Marina Zoueva :
FS: Trio Elegiaque No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov; choreo by Karen Chen, Rohene Ward, Massimo Scali, Marina Zoueva

2017-2018 Season
SP : Tango de Roxanne choreo by Mark Pillay
FS : Carmen by Bizet; choreo by Mark Pillay

2016-2017 Season
SP : On Golden Pond by Dave Grusin choreo. by Jonathan Cassar
FS : Jalousie 'Tango Tzigane' by Jacob Gade choreo. by Jonathan Cassar

2015-2016 Season
SP : Nessun Dorma by Giacomo Puccini performed by Luciano Pavarotti
FS On My Own from Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schonberg choreo by Cindy Stuart

2014-15 Season
SP : "Requiem for a Tower" by Clint Mansell
FS : "The Godfather Suite" by Carmine Coppola and Nino Rota

2013-14 Season
SP : "Esperanza" by Maxime Rodriguez
FS : Selections from the Miss Saigon soundtrack by Claude-Michel Schonberg

2012-13 Season
SP : Music from the The House of Flying Daggers soundtrack by Shigeru Umebayashi
FS : "Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra" by Joshua Bell

2011-12 Season
SP : "The Chairman's Waltz" by John Williams
FS : Selections from The Godfather soundtrack by Nino Rota

Competitions and Videos

2021-22 Season
2022 World Championships8 66.168126.358192.51
2022 Winter Olympics (Individual Event)1364.1117115.8216179.93
2022 Winter Olympics (Team Event)565.204132.042TEAM
2022 US Nationals274.553139.302213.85
Internationaux de France 2021564.675129.335194.00
Skate Canada 2021668.7410114.6710183.41
Finlandia Trophy 2021667.506134.996202.49
Skate Canada Autumn Classic 2021558.013114.994173.00
2020-21 Season
2021 World Team Trophy662.486127.246
2021 World Championships474.406134.234208.63
2021 US Championships470.993143.993214.98
2020 Skate America468.132136.774204.90
2019-2020 Season
2020 Four Continents867.286133.787201.06
2020 US Nationals570.414]123.244193.65
2019 NHK Trophy367.211198.499165.70
2019 Skate America666.031099.648165.67
2019 Autumn Classic360.894112.774173.66
Philadelphia Summer International 2019 165.632117.362182.99
2018-2019 Season
ISU CS Tallinn Trophy 2018952.93WDWD
2017-2018 Season
2018 Olympics1065.9011119.7511185.65
2018 US Nationals369.384129.113198.58
ISU GP Skate America 2017959.536123.278182.80
ISU GP Skate Canada International 2017561,77
2017 Japan Open--6116,32T,3(X)
US International Figure Skating Classic 2017 (CS)266,183116,143182,32
2017 Glacier Falls FSC Summer Classic173,421144,671218,09
2016-2017 Season
2017 World Team Trophy860,339108,629
2017 World Championships569,986129,31
2017 Four Continents Championships1255,6010111,2212166,82
2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships172,82
2016 Golden Spin of Zagreb (CS)654,607101,037155,63(X)
ISU GP NHK Cup 2016758,76
ISU GP Cup of China 2016958,285121,117179,39
2016 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic (CS)651,503110,583162,08
2015-2016 Season
2016 Four Continents Championships1253,5510107,9712161,52
2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships1254,868113,898168,75
2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb (ISU CS)456,823118,533175,35(x)
ISU GP Cup of China 2015758,305117,63
ISU GP Skate America 2015462,286110,26
2015 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic360,94598,244159,18
2015 Golden West Championships166,451125,061191,51
2015 Glacier Falls Summer Classic457,54WD---
2014-2015 Season
2015 World Junior Championships1251,648105,668157,30
2015 U.S National Championships664,663135,133199,79(x)
JGP Zagreb (Croatia) 2014162,712106,702169,41
JGP Ostrava (Czech Republic) 2014160,684100,273160,95
2013-2014 Season
2014 World Junior Championships656,09999,749155,83
2014 U.S. Championships (junior)551,78WD---
JGP Kosice (Slovakia) 2013164,462114,621179,08
JGP Riga Cup (Latvia) 2013258,21496,053154,26
2012-2013 Season
Gardena Spring Trophy 2013 (novice)141,30189,941131,24
2013 U.S. Championships (junior)354,34490,224144,56
2011-2012 Season
2012 U.S. Championships (novice)146,54193,631140,17(x)
2010-2011 Season
2011 U.S. Junior Championships (intermediate)140,62179,301119,92

Other Videos

2019 Peggy Fleming Trophy


2019 Broadmoor Open SP

TSL Interview : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLVTpOSHD4Y

2015 Skate America - NBC fluff intro : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJMdmY_Tcnk

U.S. International Figure Skating Classic Reaction Videos
After SP : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsJYuEjVJRI
After LP : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CDiw8aLT0o

2013-2014 Southern California Interclub Competition SP

Karen Chen - 2012 Silicon Valley Open : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQ3i-WkWkpU

Karen Chen FP Glacier Falls Summer Classic 2013 : FP:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn9_1rr-IdY

2014 Golden Moment - Karen Chen (Act 2) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZfuqS_WObo

Bay Area Figure Skating Celebration at San Francisco Union Square on January 9, 2013, including Karen: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NygXt-4loII



Interview by Paula Slater
Chen Brings Home Third Consecutive JGP Medal September 19, 2014

Interview by Elvin Walker
Chen Looks Forward to Junior Debut June 20, 2012

Reports from 2012 US Nationals
Chen takes U.S. ladies novice title Jan 24, 2012
Chen leads novice ladies in San Jose


"Karen Chen Article re 2015 Junior Worlds" Mar 2, 2015

"Karen Chen withdraws from JGPF; Angela Wang will participate in the final" November 11, 2013

"Karen Chen Wins Novice Ladies Short" Jan 22, 2012


Fremont skater Karen Chen places 8th at junior World Championships March 6, 2015

Young Fremont skater Karen Chen creating a stir Jan 30, 2015

Karen Chen, Just 15, Rises To The Top Of U.S. Figure Skating Jan 29, 2015

Chen snags medal she can't refuse: novice gold Jan 23, 2012

Monster free skate propels Chen to gold medal December 18, 2010

Gold medal has Chen all smiles

OP by matmuh September 15, 2014
Many of us really love Karen :love: but like Gracie she has her demons :bang: We hope she can get over it this season and skate her best in seasons to come, because she is the complete package!! :cheer:
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Miss Ice

Let the sky fall~
Apr 16, 2006
Karen Chen, or why there is still hope for technique and artistry in American figure skating. ;)

See here what I mean.

Seriously, I am SO impressed by this junior 15-year-old. She skates like a senior. Such expression, much artistry. We should all watch for her this season for JWC.


Match Penalty
Jun 18, 2013
Pacing. Hope she is not rushed or pushed in ways which put her at risk for injury. A wonderful talent. Hope to see her continue to thrive.


Sedated by Modonium
Record Breaker
Mar 23, 2010
Yes finally a Karen Chen thread :) My fav junior skater.

Love love her... amazing potential, hope she keep up developing her artistry and don't push too hard consider her injury. I love that exhibition too doris.


Wicked Yankee Girl
Jul 26, 2003
Yes, we should know whether she is scheduled for sectionals soon. Ice Network will air Pacific Coast Sectionals.


Mar 5, 2014
Anyone sad she isn't going to GPF? :cry:

Yes, I am. I think her skating is beautiful: her spins, extensions and elegant steps. I just wish she could get her stamina and jumps back consistently in the LP after her ankle injury.


Match Penalty
Nov 10, 2014
I hope she overcome her injuries soon
with the current field of US lady skaters being so inconsistent
she could have a bright future for 2018 and beyond

Miss Ice

Let the sky fall~
Apr 16, 2006
Congratulations on Winning US pacific coast Sectionals... 116.75 FS, not bad at all!


Whoohoo... looks like Karen is recovering well!!

Those UR's and fall though. It seems she was judged a little liberally in the LP, that would receive a lower score in an international competition. I would say she has a lot to work on based on those protocols. But, I am excited for her in Nationals, I LOVE her skating! :love:


Sedated by Modonium
Record Breaker
Mar 23, 2010
Great time to revive this thread!

GOSH... I am still buzzed that she made the US Nationals podium competing with the Sr. for the first time among some incredibly high standard of skating! Best in ages!!! She was gobsmackingly brilliant consider her last few outings and coming back from a BROKEN ANKLE last season. I am still utterly shell shocked she managed it! What a little fire cracker she is!!

Hope her federation give her some space to blossom naturally, steadily improve, realistic expectations. She has a tough road ahead competing with influx of really talented Russian youngsters as well as from Japan.
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Mar 5, 2014
I already wrote this on the American National Championships thread, but I was so impressed with Karen's performance. To me, her LP skate was the best and the most exciting, even with Ashley giving a fine performance. The attack, surprising speed, the beautiful flexibility in the spirals, spins (with a gorgeous Biellmann) and her grace were just fabulous and finally she is getting consistent on her jumps. I just love her style, flair and expressiveness. She finally got redemption for all the heartache she had in her LPs during the Junior Grand Prix season. It's amazing that three juniors (Evgenia Medvedeva in Russia, Wakaba Higuchi in Japan and Karen Chen in the US) all got bronze medals in their National Championships.
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Record Breaker
Sep 25, 2013
I just fell in love with her at nationals, first time seeing her skate. She really does skate big and I just love her layback. Hopefully she can get that ur on the end of the 3-3 combo worked out and she slays puberty. :)

John King

Final Flight
Jul 26, 2003
I just was watching Karen at the Prudential 2015 Championships, and upon hearing the commentary, thought:"Did Tara Lipinski just call Karen a little grasshopper?" Played it back and, yes, commentary went as such: "She's so itty-bitty, she's like a little grasshopper though, watch how fast she's flying into this combination(jump)...". Yeah, just like Uncle Dickie (Buttons) describing Elena Sokolova as a "cupcake", I wonder if this will be a nickname-in-the-making! :laugh: