Nathan Chen made his first skate at a senior ISU championship a memorable one, landing two clean quads (one in combination) during his ‘Le Corsaire’ short program. The U.S. champion racked up 103.12 points — joining Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu and Spain’s Javier Fernández as the only men to break the 100-point barrier in the short program in international competition (Shoma Uno became the fourth later in the event) — en route to topping the field. -Getty Images
Posted by Wei Xiong, special to icenetwork
You know it’s a crazy night when the different variations of quads — minus the axel — were planned and landed at least once, just like you know a field is extremely competitive when none of the medalists from last year’s event reach the top three.
This was the case in the men’s short program at the 2017 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Gangneung, South Korea, where a talented field of skaters enjoyed varying levels of success, even if some of the top names are a bit out of position in the current standings.
In such a fierce quad battle, where any mistake could prove costly, it was Nathan Chen who landed the two most difficult quads — quad lutz and quad flip — to take the top position.