'Ice Prince' grabs back-to-back figure skating titles

Les patineurs artistiques à l'heure des quads

Les patineurs artistiques à l'heure des quads

Chen scored 215.08 points, allowing him leapfrog the rankings table, from 17th to fifth place.

He entered the event in first place after setting an Olympic record in Friday's short program.

The 18-year-old needed to wow the judges to rekindle any hopes of a medal, after turning in an uncharacteristically raw short program the day before that left him far down the leaderboard, with 82.27 points.

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Six-time European champion Javier Fernandez of Spain heads the chasing pack going into Saturday's decisive free skate at the Gangneung Ice Arena on 107.58.

Chen learned that what figure skaters have known for decades, that it's easier to perform without pressure than with it on five-ring ice - becoming the first person to land five quadruple jumps (and almost a sixth) in an Olympics and posting a career-best score of 215.08 for a free program. "It was me", he said of the decision to try six of the most challenging jumps male skaters perform.

Chen led the way on a day when all three Americans skated cleanly to place inside the top 10. He also became the first skater in Olympic history to land two quad lutzes, though he was only given credit for one, the second having been judged to be under-rotated.

Even with his subpar short program, Chen's total of 297.35 for both programs was higher than Hanyu's 280.09 in 2014.

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For his free skate, Chen made a decision to add one more quad to the five he already had planned. "I'm not going to play it safe today". He finished with a lifetime personal best of 192.16 points in the long program.

"I think that after having such a disastrous short programme and being so, so low in the rankings, lower than nearly ever, it allowed me to completely forget about results and just completely focus on enjoying myself out on the ice", said Chen, who won bronze with the U.S.in the team event.

Hanyu's screaming fans bombarded the ice with Pooh projectiles after a free skate filled with soaring jumps and soulful skating.

"I'm glad I was able to show myself and show everyone else that I can bounce back from a bad performance", Chen said.

I love this program put together by choreographer Lori Nichol to Mao's Last Dancer soundtrack. "I had literally nothing to lose, so I made a decision to just try (six quads)". I continued to make efforts for the two months during which I couldn't skate. "Then when I'm doing well he's doing badly, and he gets sort of emotional about it", Hanyu said.

The figure skater smoothly landed on five out of the six quadruple jumps and slipped the slipped while landing on another, he put his hand on the ice, but still rocked in all four rotations.

"They usually say that like, after the Olympic Games, somebody's life changes forever", Rippon said.

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