Nathan Chen sets sights on redeeming Olympic performance


Natalie Hilden

Millions of figure skating fans’ hearts shattered as Nathan Chen bit the ice multiple times during his Olympic debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after he was favored to lead the U.S. team to victory.

As media outlets ridiculed him for the disastrous performance, Chen accepted his moment of failure and let it push him to succeed in the future.

I appreciate that, even at a young age, Chen can accept his failures on such a big-world stage. He took what seemed like defeat and used it as motivation.

From flaws and fails, to breaking records and winning world championships, Chen is on an upswing and the road to Olympic redemption.

He followed his hope-crushing performance with a remarkable comeback during the men’s free skate. Chen also became the first person to land five clean quad jumps in an Olympic program, racking up a score nearly 11 points higher than his personal best.

But the hard work and positive outcomes haven’t stopped there. Chen won gold at the World Figure Skating Championships last month in Milan, Italy. He was only four points shy of a new world record.

With an acceptance letter to Yale and a goal to keep training for the 2022 Olympics while he studies, there is no doubt Chen is going to continue to do big things on and off the ice.

His continuous hard work, remarkable work ethic and goal-driven mentality will continue leading him to greatness.

Embracing your failures and letting them help you grow as a person prepares you for any setback the world can throw your way. Dwelling on mistakes is unhealthy; what you do after making them shows who you really are.

When moments of failure and mishaps empower you, there is no boundary for the things you can accomplish.

Chen has taken U.S. Figure Skating to new heights, literally and figuratively, and his athletic prowess is keeping him ahead in men’s figure skating.

His mental and physical strength will lead him far in his Olympic preparations.

In four short years, he will be back on the Olympic stage with a burning goal to get on the podium and get the gold. The “Quad King” will become the “Comeback King.”

Natalie Hilden is the Opinion Editor at The Collegian and can be reached at [email protected].