🇺🇸Our second story on Utah Olympic athletes is about our country’s favorite man on ice @nathanwchen
figure skater from Salt Lake City⛸ 📸: @usatodaysports
Nathan Chen was just 3 when he began taking figure skating lessons at the same rink where he won his first event of the 2017-18 season. As he signed autographs for the youngsters who clamored around him, he said it was surreal to consider how far he’s come from those first skating lessons.
“It’s a little weird,” the 18-year-old two-time U.S. champion said after winning the Salt Lake Invitational in September. “I mean, considering I was that little kid asking the adult skaters for their autographs and now, it’s like, you know, flipped and it still feels weird, but it’s cool.”
Chen’s two older sisters skated in Salt Lake’s Opening Ceremonies, and he said he’s not sure he’d have seen his Olympic hopes as a real possibility if he hadn’t been exposed to it from the start.
“This is an Olympic town,” he said. “A lot of sports blossomed out of (the Games). This facility was built because of that, and it really goes to show that having something like this can really make anyone from any town grow up and be anything they want.”
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