Nathan Chen Wins Readers’ Choice Award

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U.S. champion Nathan Chen, who shattered domestic scoring records at the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, with a record seven quads and an overall score of 318.47 points, is SKATING magazine’s 2016-17 Readers’ Choice Award winner.

Skating fans voted online for Chen through icenetwork during the balloting period of June 26-July 2. SKATING magazine Editor Troy Schwindt will present Chen with the coveted Michelle Kwan Trophy at the 2018 U.S. Championships in San Jose, California, in January.

“It means so much to me to win the Readers’ Choice Award this year,” Chen, 18, said. “I look up to those who have won it before me like Michelle Kwan, so it’s amazing to think I’m joining this elite group of skaters.”

Chen, who suffered a hip injury the season before during the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, returned with a vengeance in 2016-17. He started by winning a silver medal at NHK Trophy and qualified for the Grand Prix Final. At the 2016 Grand Prix Final, he won the free skate over Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu and two-time World champion Javier Fernandez to garner the silver medal.

At the 2017 U.S. Championships, Chen crushed the competition, finishing ahead of the silver medalist by 55.44 points. He went on to win the Four Continents Championships, where he became the first man to land five quadruple jumps in a single performance at an international event.

Chen finished his outstanding season by placing sixth at the World Championships and third at the World Team Trophy.

“My fans have supported me throughout my career through ups and downs,” Chen said. “To know that they voted for this award makes it that much more special.”

Read more of the latest skating news in the August/September issue of SKATING magazine.