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Chen makes history with six quads

Chen makes history with six quads Chen makes history with six quads
Shannon Reynolds | 18 February, 2018, 01:03

Ryan Zapolski #30 of the United States looks on against Slovenia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group B game on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Kwandong Hockey Centre on February 14, 2018.

There was the Yuzuru Hanyu, the comeback kid.

"It was very shallow way of thinking about the Olympic experience", Chan said of needing gold to cement his legacy. Not many people get to go to three Games.

The 22-year-old now sits in fourth place with one run to go.

Instead, he drove it into even rougher, darker waters.

"I think after having such a disastrous short program and being so, so low in the ranking - lower than I usually ever am - it allowed me to completely forget the results and focus on enjoying myself out on the ice", Chen said, "and getting rid of expectations helped a lot".

He was 17th after the short program.

Ghanaian no-hoper Akwasi Frimpong finished last in the event, but got a big cheer and celebrated just as hard.

He also becomes the third Japanese athlete to win gold at two different Olympic Winter Games, after Kenji Ogiwara and Takanori Kono in the Nordic combined team event in 1992 and 1994.

Chen had blown his chances of Olympic glory with a 17th placing in the short program, leaving him almost 30 points behind the leader, Hanyu. The room was bursting at the seams with Japanese journalists. While the two-time world champion's performance was not as flawless as the short program that earned him an Olympic-record score of 111.68, it was more than enough to capture gold.

"But overall we are happy with the performance and with the skating". "But many others suffered much more, from the tsunami and nuclear disaster", he told a news conference after his win on Saturday.

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Then came the free skate.

Chen skated early - ninth out of the 24 skaters.

He was nothing short of brilliant, 18 at the beginning of the program but a man by the end it.

American Lindsey Vonn is set to make her Pyeongchang Olympics debut in the women's super-G. But, he said Saturday, all that pressure was gone. Heartbreak to redemption. Disaster to triumph.

"When you miss the first jump you kind of like, like a huge wave of disappointment hits you". This is perhaps the greatest skater of all time and most certainly of his generation.

For Fernandez, it was the flawless way to end his last Olympics, claiming Spain's first ever figure skating medal. He talked of the quantity and quality of the quads he was doing. Then he decided that he would try to spin around four times in the air during six jumps - and he pulled it off. Hanyu finished with an Olympic record of 317.85, followed by teammate Shoma Uno, who edged Javier Fernandez of Spain, 306.90 to 305.24.

According to the live NBC broadcast, Hanyu was out of training for two months with an ankle injury before ramping up for the Olympics.

Another quad master, China's Jin Boyang, was fourth.

Vincent Zhou, the youngest member of Team USA at age 17, was sixth with 276.69 while 28-year-old Adam Rippon was 10th (259.36). He collapsed to his knees at the conclusion of his free skate, overcome with emotion.

That left Zhou, the son of Chinese immigrants, in 12th place entering the free skate. Just think about skating all day, all week, every day.

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