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Nathan Chen

Began skating  2002
Name  Nathan Chen
Country represented  United States of America
Short program  78.59 2015 JGP Final
Height  1.65 m
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Born  May 5, 1999 (age 16) (1999-05-05) Salt Lake City, Utah
Former coach  Evgenia Chernyshova Stephanie Grosscup Karel Kovar
Former choreographer  Phillip Mills Stephanie Grosscup Genia Chernyshova
Skating club  Salt Lake Figure Skating
Combined total  236.76 2015 JGP United States
Coach  Rafael Arutyunyan, Nadezda Kanaeva
Choreographer  Nadezda Kanaeva, Nikolai Morozov
Former training locations  Salt Lake City, Lake Arrowhead
Similar People  Sota Yamamoto, Jin Boyang, Ryan Bradley, Charlie White, Meryl Davis

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Nathan Chen (born May 5, 1999) is an American figure skater. He is the 2015 JGP Final champion, the 2014 World Junior bronze medalist and 2014 U.S. Junior champion.

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Personal life

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Nathan Chen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended West High School (Utah) in Salt Lake City and Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead, California before enrolling at Capistrano Connections Academy, an online high school, in August 2013 as a sophomore. In addition to figure skating, Chen trained in ballet with Ballet West Academy as well as competing in gymnastics at the State and Regional levels for seven years.

Early years

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Nathan Chen started figure skating at age three and entered his first skating competition in 2003. From 2007-2009, Chen qualified to compete in the U.S. Junior Nationals at the juvenile and intermediate levels. He placed 10th and 3rd in juveniles at the 2007 and 2008 Junior Nationals. At the 2009 Junior Nationals, he won the intermediate men's silver medal.

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Chen advanced to the novice level in the 2009–10 season. He won the national novice title at the 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Washington, and became the youngest novice champion in the history of U.S. Figure Skating at age 10. Due to his young age, Chen opted to remain at the novice level for the 2010–11 season and he defended his novice title at the 2011 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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For the 2011–12 season, Chen moved up to the junior level in national competitions. He was coached by Genia Chernyshova and also traveled to Lake Arrowhead, California to work with jump specialist Rafael Arutyunyan. Arutyunyan became his main coach in mid-December 2011. Chen won the junior men's title at the 2012 U.S. Championships in San Jose, California on January 24, 2012. Chen's first international competition was the 2012 Gardena Spring Trophy in Selva Val Gardena, Italy, where he won the novice men's event.

2012–13 season

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In 2012–13, Chen stayed at the junior level nationally, and became age-eligible (13 years old) to compete in the ISU Junior Grand Prix series. Chen's first assignment was the 2012 JGP Austria in Linz from September 12–16, 2012. In his JGP debut in Linz, Chen won the gold medal with the highest score of 222.00 ever awarded to date in the ISU Junior Grand Prix series. Chen withdrew from his second event, JGP Croatia, in early October 2012 after the short program due to a lower leg injury and thus did not qualify for the JGP Final. Chen won the junior men's bronze medal at the 2013 U.S. Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 22, 2013.

2013–14 season

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In 2013–14, Chen started his season at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in Mexico in September 2013 and won the gold medal. He then won a second JGP gold medal of the season at ISU Junior Grand Prix in Belarus and qualified for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final in Fukuoka, Japan, where he won the bronze medal. On January 9, 2014 Chen broke a six-year U.S. junior men's record of 213.76 at the 2014 U.S. Championships in Boston, Massachusetts, en route to his second U.S. junior title. His final combination spin in the short program received 4.86 points, the highest among active male skaters in the world. Chen was awarded the bronze medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in March 2014. The results of Chen and teammates Jordan Moeller and Shotaro Omori gained three entries for the United States to the 2015 World Junior Championships.

2014–15 season

Chen moved up to senior competitions in the 2014-15 season. At the Pacific Sectional Championships in November 2014, he landed a clean quadruple toe loop and double toe loop combination (4T+2T) in his free skate, winning the senior men's division, and advanced to the 2015 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, NC. Unfortunately Chen developed a growth-related heel injury one week before the national championships. He competed scaled-back versions of his short and long programs on pain medications and placed eighth overall in his senior national championship debut from January 17–25, 2015. After the competition, Chen was named in the U.S. team to the 2015 World Junior Championships. He finished 4th at the event in Tallinn, Estonia on March 8, 2015.

2015–16 season

Chen won gold at both his assignments on the 2015–16 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Logrono, Spain. He then went on to win the gold medal at the 2015–16 Junior Grand Prix Final.

Detailed results

(Small medals for short and free programs awarded only at ISU Championships – Worlds, Four Continents, and Junior Worlds.)


  • Recipient of 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009 Michael Weiss Foundation Scholarship
  • Recipient of 2012 Ron and Gayle Hershberger Award
  • Recipient of 2011 Athlete Alumni Ambassador Award
  • Recipient of 2011, 2010 Cecilia Colledge Memorial Fund award
  • Recipient of 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund
  • Member of the 2014-15, 2013–14, 2012–13, 2011–12, 2010-11 U.S. Figure Skating Team Envelope
  • Featured as ABC World News' "Person of the Week" on February 19, 2010
  • Performed in the WiWa Ice Shows in Hangzhou, China, May 1–5, 2010
  • Skated in the annual Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows in Sun Valley, Idaho since 2010
  • Performed as a guest skater at Skate Asia 2010 in Hangzhou, China, Skate Asia 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand, Skate Asia 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Skate Asia 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand
  • References

    Nathan Chen Wikipedia

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