Nathan Chen says poor short program due to mental issue

Nathan Chen says poor short program due to mental issue

Nathan Chen says poor short program due to mental issue

I definitely think that played a role. "But we're not in control of that".

Chen fell during his program on a triple axel attempt and ended up finishing fourth. Japanese figure skater Shoma Uno performed a near-perfect routine to take first place, followed by Alexei Bychenko of Israel.

Chen, who is a favorite among skaters from the United States to win a gold medal, fell in his opening routine in the men's team event Thursday night.

Canadian Champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford finished second in the Pairs event behind Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov (OAR) with 76.57 points. Japan is third with 13.

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"I don't know if there's any specific explanation for it", Yamaguchi said. But more than anything, she's just happy to see the reaction from her family. But boasting a veteran team that is solid across all four disciplines, the Canadians arrived in South Korea as the world No. 1-ranked team. The scores are added up, and the five countries with the highest score then repeat the process for the free program, with the top finishers medaling based on cumulative score from there.

Duhamel and Radford watched Chan skate ahead of them back in their respective rooms at the athletes village.

Just days away from the opening ceremony, Chen says she's feeling "the best" she's felt all season.

One factor could be that the skating rinks and training centers are in places like the San Francisco Bay Area and Detroit where the pool of talent is more diverse, she said. "We've got it started and I'm looking forward to it". "There's just a great energy that's building around the entire team".

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Their score of 52-point-10 was well below the winning score of 80-point-92 achieved by the team representing Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

The experience of going through the team event in Sochi, and winning a silver medal, has informed their strategy this time around.

When Duhamel was running through visualization exercises before taking the ice Friday morning, and was trying to picture the flawless skate, she laughingly said she couldn't help but picture a wildly cheering Moir in the background.

"I think of some other comparisons like the diversity in the student body in college and university campuses, which is different compared to what it was like in the '60s", said Sun, who is now a university administrator.

"I lived with Scott over a summer when he was a little annoying 10-year-old boy".

Chan said his 10:48 am start time in Pyeongchang meant he had to be up at 5:15 for practice. "But I think that it was a good opportunity for me to put myself out there and make silly mistakes". Moir wrapped him in a huge hug. "No need to apologize to them or anything. Obviously, that's not what I wanted to do on my first Olympic run but I'm also upset that I sort of let the rest of the team down".

The expectation was that Chen could carry the United States to a higher score as one of the best skaters in the men's category.

They are the only married couple on the U.S.

The team event continues Sunday and Monday.

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