Biography

On February 10, 2022, Nathan Chen redefined men’s figure skating, not only winning the Olympic gold medal, but finishing more than 22 points ahead of his closest competitor. His choice of music for the free skate, “Rocketman,” quite literally describes how Chen has soared above the men’s field for the past four years, cementing his position as Quad King with the Olympic title.

Born in Salt Lake City, home of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Chen began skating at age 3 because Olympic spirit fueled the city. Precociously talented, he quickly built a championship resume, winning national novice and junior titles. In 2016, just his second year at the senior level, he brought quadruple jumps back to U.S. men’s skating—landing two in the short program and four in the free skate—a first for a U.S. man.

The 2016 U.S. Championships were just a preview of what was to come. In 2017, he ignited the crowd with five quadruple jumps in the free skate. His record-breaking score allowed him to become the youngest U.S. men’s champion in more than five decades.

He headed into the 2018 U.S. Championships with high expectations after having dominated on the Grand Prix circuit and winning his first Grand Prix Final title. Chen earned his second U.S. title and a spot on the U.S. Olympic team headed to PyeongChang, South Korea.

At the 2018 Olympics, Chen contributed to the U.S. team where they won a bronze medal. After faltering in the short program of the men’s event, he performed an extraordinary first-place, five quadruple jump free skate that enabled him to rise from 17th to fifth place. That would be the last time he would lose for the next three and a half years. He won three World Championships, six Grand Prix events, two Grand Prix Finals and four more U.S. titles, all in dominant fashion.

After dominating men’s skating since 2018, Chen returned to his second Olympic Games. He opened his 2022 Olympics in the team competition, flawlessly skating his short program, “La Boheme.”  The U.S. Team earned an Olympic silver medal, marking their best-ever team finish. 

Chen again performed “La Boheme” in the men’s event. He followed his world record breaking performance with a soaring free skate set to the music of Elton John, who issued a congratulatory tweet upon Chen’s resounding victory. With the 2022 Olympic gold medal, Chen joined elite company as only the seventh U.S. man to ascend the top step of the Olympic podium, expressing his appreciation for the champions who preceded him.

Following his Olympic victory, as the first Asian American man to win an Olympic title, he thanked Michelle Kwan for being a great role model. Chen is the first Asian American male skater to win U.S., World and Olympic titles. The only man to have more U.S. national senior titles is Dick Button.

When asked who he dedicates his gold medal to, Chen said, “My mother. No one deserves it more, and I am forever grateful for her never ending support.”

Chen was named the 2019 Team USA Male Olympic Athlete of the Year and was included in 2019 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Off the ice, Nathan plays the guitar and piano and enjoys playing basketball and tennis.

Chen, the youngest of five children, will return to Yale University in August 2022 to begin his junior year, majoring in statistics and data science.




Competitive Results

Winter Olympics

1st

2022

Winter Olympics

2nd (Team)

2022

U.S. Championships

1st

2022

Skate Canada

1st

2021

Skate America

3rd

2021

World Championships

1st

2021

U.S. Championships

1st

2021

Skate America

1st

2020

U.S. Championships

1st

2020

Grand Prix Final

1st

2019

Internationaux de France

1st

2019

Skate America

1st

2019

World Championships

1st

2019

U.S. Championships

1st

2019

Grand Prix Final

1st

2018

Skate America

1st

2018

World Championships

1st

2018

Winter Olympics

5th

2018

Winter Olympics

3rd (Team)

2018

U.S. Championships

1st

2018

Grand Prix Final

1st

2017

Skate America

1st

2017

Rostelecom Cup

1st

2017

U.S. International Classic

1st

2017

World Championships

6th

2017

Four Continents Championship

1st

2017

U.S. Championships

1st

2017

Grand Prix Final

2nd

2016

U.S. Championships

3rd

2016

ISU Junior Grand Prix Final

1st

2015

World Junior Championships

3rd

2014

U.S. Junior Championships

1st

2014

U.S. Junior Championships

1st

2012

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