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WATCH: US Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Chen Drops Ceremonial Puck at NHL Game

Published 02/26/2022, 8:45 AM EST

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The Olympic champion Nathan Chen is having a great time post Olympics. He is visiting talk shows, giving interviews, and now showing some interest in other games as well. Nathan became a top sports celebrity after he brought home a gold medal from the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. In the men’s figure skating short program, the 22-year-old figure skater scored a record 332.60 points for first place.

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Nathan Chen was the first American to win gold at the Olympics since 2010. After his remarkable performance in the finals, the Olympic champion said, “It means the world. I’m just so happy.”


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Nathan Chen at the NHL game

The Beijing Winter Olympics is a thing of the past and Nathan has moved on to different things for now. The champion figure skater along with other Olympians Mariah Bell, Alexa Knierim, and Brandon Frazier, commenced the NHL game between Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. He did this by dropping the ceremonial puck.



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Nathan was wearing Anaheim Ducks’ jersey, and a picture of him with other Olympians was shared on their official twitter handle. It was captioned, We were proud to have Olympians representing the USA, @nathanwchen, @MariahBell96, @alexa_knierim, and @Brandon_F1992 as well as Michal Brezina representing the Czech Republic for our ceremonial puck drop!”

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Nathan Chen’s love for hockey


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As a child, Nathan’s inclination was towards hockey, and he wanted to be a goalkeeper. However, his mother had different plans for him. She was the one who introduced him to figure skating, and ever since, it has been an amazing journey for the Olympic champion.

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He said, “I wanted to be a goalie because I watched my brother play hockey and saw the goalie gear. I did not know anything about the sport. And then I asked my mom, ‘Hey, can I play hockey and be a goalie?’ and so she said ‘Being a goalie looks kinda boring, I’m gonna give you some figure skates to try out first’ and that catalyzed me to become a figure skater,”


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Did he make a good choice by going into figure skater rather than hockey?



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.