Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu disclosed he had never "fully healed" from the serious injury that nearly scuppered his Olympics after clinching the first back-to-back men's figure skating title in more than six decades on Saturday.
Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu repeated his Olympic feat from 2014 by skating to another men's figure skating title at the 2018 Winter Olympics, while his teammate Shoma Uno earned silver and Spain's Javier Fernandez won bronze, the first medal in figure skating for his country.
The 18-year-old American, who was 17th after the short programme, became the first skater to land six quads at the Olympics to earn 215.08 points, almost 11 more than his personal best.
Nathan Chen returned to his room in the Athletes Village after his Olympic short program, plopped down on the bed and closed his eyes. "We know how hard it is", Fernandez said, "but I told him "Only one can be a champion and win the gold medal". "I was a little bit ahead of myself". If you are a protagonist of a comic cartoon then the setting has been made.
"I'm young and I have a lot of potentials. It was a bunch of emotions, but I'm really happy with what I did today".
In a Team USA press release later, Chen spoke about how his poor performance in the short program motivated him to do better on Saturday. The 18-year-old fell on his opening quad lutz, did not complete the required two jumps in combination, and didn't land a clean triple axel.
The result was a score of 82.27 points, which put him in 17th place entering the short program.
It hurt that the night's two most-anticipated (and ultimately disappointing) performances - Mikaela Shiffrin's second slalom run and Nathan Chen's short program skate - happened around midnight on the East Coast.
"I don't feel sick right now, I don't think I have a virus". "It was me", he said of the decision to try six of the most challenging jumps male skaters perform.
"Just completely focus on enjoying myself out on the ice and getting rid of expectations helped a lot".
If he was prematurely designated a gold medal contender for these Games because of his jumping ability, what Chen gained on this day should make him a legitimate one at the 2022 Beijing Games. But to skate like that, to have a successful performance means so much to me. "That just tightened me up; made me really cautious out on the ice, and that's not the right way to skate". Behind the Norwegians lie the U.S., the only other nation with more than one hundred of Winter Games golds, a landmark it reached on Wednesday 14 February, when Shaun White won the PyeongChang 2018 men's snowboard halfpipe title, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin's giant slalom gold one day later.
American Vincent Zhou, just 17, finished sixth.
Just think about skating all day, all week, every day. "My tears were from my heart".