Nathan Chen Followed This Mantra to Compete and Win Gold at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 02/27/2022, 4:45 AM EST
2022 Beijing Olympics – Victory Ceremony – Figure Skating Men’s Single Skating – Beijing Medals Plaza, Beijing, China – February 10, 2022. Gold medallist, Nathan Chen of the United States celebrates as he leaves the venue. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

The 22-year-old figure skater Nathan Chen made history at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. Chen had won the bronze medal when he had competed at the 2018 Winter Games.

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However, he made it up with a spectacular world-record-setting short program score in 2022. Then, he followed it up with a gold medal victory- the first Olympic gold medal of Chen’s career.

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Naturally, Nathan Chen is enjoying the spotlight that comes with winning a gold medal at the Olympics. However, in an interview, he described how, between the last two Winter Olympics, he began to see the sport as something more than just the pursuit of victory.

Nathan Chen had a changed outlook for the 2022 Winter Olympics

The world saw Nathan Chen‘s 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics performance as unsatisfactory. Despite winning a bronze medal, many were unhappy with the result. Thus, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics victory was considered his redemption by many.

However, for Chen himself, he was no longer simply chasing a medal or podium finish this time around. In an interview with The New Yorker, Chen expressed how the perspective of going to competitions just to win “is a little toxic”.

Then, he describes how there are plenty of avenues in figure skating that an athlete simply has no say over. “We can’t control what other athletes do, we can’t control how we’re judged,” Nathan Chen stated.

Consequently, Chen’s outlook on results changed after the 2018 Winter Games. “All that we can end up controlling is how we put ourselves in the best possible place to do what we can,” he expressed. “Whatever happens, as a result, will happen,” the 22-year-old showed remarkable wisdom with his words.

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In that vein, Chen also shared how in all the competitions after 2018 that he approached with his changed perspective, he “end(ed) up having a better outcome”. Certainly, competing without the unnecessary stress of what your competitors might achieve is helpful advice for athletes all over the world.

What’s next for Nathan Chen?

Chen is a student at Yale University and is pursuing a Statistics and Data Science major. Even though he took a leave of absence last year in order to prepare for the 2022 Olympics, he will be returning to campus soon.

2022 Beijing Olympics – Figure Skating – Exhibition Gala – Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China – February 20, 2022. Nathan Chen of the United States in action. REUTERS/Susana Vera

However, before that, Nathan Chen will headline the ‘Stars on Ice’ tour throughout the United States of America. National figure skating champions, along with title and medal contenders and winners, will join Chen as they tour the country.

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Later on, Chen will rejoin campus. A resident of Jonathan Edwards College, Chen has stated how he is excited at the prospect of returning to campus and studying with course-mates.

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Certainly, after putting in relentless work in the pursuit of the Olympic gold medal, Chen must be eager to get back to (relatively) normal life.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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