Age: 3 Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah Home club: Salt Lake City Sports Complex FSC Favorite skaters: Scott Hamilton. I know him from books and videos. How I got started skating: One day my mom let me try walking on the ice while we were waiting for my brothers at their hockey lesson, and I loved it. I ran through the learn-to-skate program to Basic 4. Then I started private lessons because other skaters in my group were two or three times taller than me. How long I've been skating: Almost half a year. How often I skate: An hour a day. I take lessons from my coach Stephanee Grosscup once a week. Favorite jumps/moves: Spins and spirals. I often laugh at my falls, but I'll cry if it hurts. What I like about skating: I just love to skate. I feel happy on the ice. I love to race around the rink with anyone who wants to. It's so much fun. Favorite skating moments: Skating shows at last year's Olympic Opening Ceremony. I've watched the tape many times, and I can sing LeAnn Rimes' song from the ceremony. Goals: To be an Olympic skater. Accomplishments: I won a gold medal in the Utah Winter Games last January. That was my first competition. I was in the Snowplow Sam section. What else you should know about me: I love singing, dancing, jumping and playing chess.
Yeah, I actually love the long curls framing his face like in Marin's recent video, it's so much fun, but sadly that length is impractical for skating and it seems it's only his I-didn't-style-my-hair-today do.More bothered by the liberal use of hair product rather than the length #setthecurlsfree hahaha
I actually think the free curls are his everyday look. So far I have only seen them slicked back for major interviews (like Nick McCarvel and Olympic Channel, but not for Kaitlyn and Jean Luck), competitions and his sister's wedding.Yeah, I actually love the long curls framing his face like in Marin's recent video, it's so much fun, but sadly that length is impractical for skating and it seems it's only his I-didn't-style-my-hair-today do.
The list keeps growing.It seemed that Nathan is quite popular among young Russian skaters, with quite several citing him as idol or favorite skater."
Andreai said Nathan is his idol, he is most impressed by:
"Chen is cool with his jumping technique, his artistry."
Фигурист Андрей Мозалев - интервью о четверных, книгах, Нейтане Чене (sport24.ru)
very beginning of this video, wait for the translation after he talked.
Yuma Kagiyama (again, interview after NHK)
Yuma talked about his desire to be all around skater, and achieve what Nathan is doing. Yuma specifically mentioned Nathan's spins, steps and expressiveness, and his desire to be all around like Nathan is.
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From Anastasiia Guliakova's IG (Q&A) Story [22 Feb 2021]: − Kolyada, Chen or Hanyu? − Nathan Chen.
Not a Nathan fan (not a Yuzu fan either) but I'm actually starting to warm up to Nathan more. Just wanted to point out that the same could be said about GPF 2019 and look what happened lol. He wasn't particularly convincing in Grenoble whereas Yuzu was fantastic at both SC and NHK. But when Turin rolled around, he was ready.I need to learn how to relax, apparently. it's the first competition I'll follow as a Nathan fan and I'm scared. seems like it's yuzurus to take, given their respective performances at nationals
It’ll be really tight even with slightly more difficult technical content from Nathan. He needs to improve his jump quality from Nationals in order to win (and don’t forget those spins!). I’ve got the feeling that this year’s programs may not receive the same PCS as La Boheme and Rocketman.let's hope he can repeat that
general question: if both skate clean, who do you think has the advantage?
I do like the new SP, but Yuzuru wins hands-down in the FS. I miss Rocketman. There's just nothing really impressive about the new FS.I agree that Philip Glass lacks the pop-y sing-along part in the middle (I hated it) and the entertaining ending which made Rocketman a great sell in front of an audience, so it is possible that it'll fall a bit flat. But then again, there won't be much of an audience except for the ppl working in the arena and maybe some skaters (and if Nathan is elated with how his jumps went, he might exude that joy in the end and that might still have quite an impact on the judges).
I do think his Desperados SP can be a good vehicle to show off confidence and swagger, it has that high energy, explosive step sequence in the end and the first jump and especially the Axel are exciting to watch together with the guitar strokes in that section, and I really enjoyed it at Skate America.
I don't want to jinx Yuma, but I certainly wouldn't count him out of the top 6. He's had way more practice than anyone this year and is very consistent. Even when he gets really nervous, like at Junior Worlds last year, he still does pretty well. On the audience front, Kanto Regionals was held without an audience and he got a 287, so I don't know.ETA: Also, never mind Yuzu, but I wouldn't underestimate Yuma too... (Although it'll be interesting to see how and if he handles the pressure of such a big senior comp. Makes me wonder if the lack of an audience actually helps with nerves and being able to focus or if it's more difficult to perform that way, with no one cheering you on and no faces to perform to)