“Was Difficult to Finance Skating”- Nathan Chen Credits Family’s Support and Sacrifices for His Golden Moment

Published 04/30/2022, 9:39 AM EDT

The accomplishments of an athlete are not only the result of his individual efforts but rather the credit goes to each and every member who was part of his/her journey. More importantly, his family. When Nathan Chen became the Olympic gold medalist, it was not an individual victory. It was a moment of glory for his family too. As the figure skater has mentioned time and again, without his family, he wouldn’t have been the best figure skater in the world.

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What we saw Nathan Chen achieve at the Beijing Winter Olympics was the outcome of years and years of practice. At that moment, perhaps he would have relived every minute detail of his incredible journey. However, as humble a person as he is, there wasn’t a single interview where he was not grateful to his mother and family for their role in his success.

Nathan Chen opens about the sacrifices his family made for his figure skating glory

Family is everything and to Nathan, it was his biggest support pillar. Opening about how they were always there for him, he said, “My family did so much for me. Really, everything that I have been able to accomplish in figure skating is largely due to them and all the work and sacrifices they made for me.”

Nathan’s family was financially not that privileged. However, he got the best ever facilities to pursue his dreams.

He further added, “As I continued to progress in skating, I decided to move to California and from there it was difficult to finance skating and pay for flights and hotels. My family would always figure out the way to reduce the funds or take me more time than the funds would allow for.”

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Nathan transformed his every dream into a reality

As a child, Nathan was always curious about the Stars on Ice, though he could never afford a ticket to the show. However, now he is a lead performer in his dream show. Olympic champion, three world championship titles, holding every record in the figure skating. If every dream come true had a face, it was Nathan’s face.

BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 20: Nathan Chen of Team United States skates during the Figure Skating Gala Exhibition on day sixteen of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Nathan has accomplished more than enough. Though he has a long life ahead of him and possibly even greater things waiting for him. What do you think his next target should be?

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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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