(A USA man's last Olympic skating medal was Evan Lysacek's gold in 2010.) "I was seeing younger guys at global competitions do insane things, and realized we were a little far behind, and that we needed to keep pushing forward".
The figure skating meet kicked off several hours before the opening ceremony, and the early morning start had Chan a bit rattled.
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In recent years, Asian Americans have gained increasing visibility in the sport. "'Let the team down' was the first thing I thought. Team USA is awesome", Chen continued. Meanwhile, Asian Americans represent about 5.7% of the USA population.
"I've trained for it", said Chan.
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. Chen is widely expected to participate in the team event, where the U.S.is predicted to land on the podium for the second straight Games.
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He admitted to nerves as well, but said "having this experience allows me to do better next time". Marissa, older by 11 months, was a figure skater.
Another potential red flag is a Korean judge who told a Korean newspaper before Sochi that she would make sure skaters from her country were "not disadvantaged".
In addition to being a world-class skater, Chen is also a skilled choreographer.
"It's parents living in America, willing to do anything", Weisiger said. "I just want to come out of this competition proud of what I've done". Aided by a background in ballet and gymnastics, Chen has the unique ability to excel in both facets of the competition, which makes him almost unbeatable.
Figure skaters, who are used to skating late into the evening at many competitions, face earlier start times in South Korea so that the events can be broadcast at night in North America. "I wasn't able to have lessons year round, she would stand on the ice, take notes of what the coach is asking me to do". "I'm constantly reminding myself to do the simplest thing, which is to breath".
"She made it really fun".
"Everything we went through is so worth it to keep pushing forward and chasing our dreams, because it's moments like that where we just look at each other with so much joy and love", said Scimeca-Knierim on their first Olympic Winter Games after a hard few seasons. The skaters also prefer wearing glasses or goggles to protect their eyes.
"Any athlete can be successful", Yamaguchi said. They've said they look forward to spending Valentines Day together at the Games, but moreso, the chance to win another medal in PyeongChang.
Top contenders: The Netherlands are favourites when it comes to speed skating. I am a little bigger than the other skaters in the upper body, and when I get really tight it really affects the jumps. "I think unknowingly as a young athlete coming up, had a connection with her", Yamaguchi said. All of that added up to a lot of anticipation about what he could accomplish in PyeongChang. Men who perform quads rarely clear 18 inches (many National Basketball Association players, by comparison, post standing vertical leaps in excess of 30 inches). Alexei Bychenko of Israel was second with 88.49, while American phenom Nathan Chen, considered a favourite for gold in the individual event, shockingly fell once and popped a quad jump to score just 80.61. They're pushing the boundaries.