“Been Through So Much”: Serena Williams Leaves a Huge Impact on Olympic Gold Medalist Nathan Chen’s Life

Published 11/22/2022, 8:15 AM EST

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Nathan Chen, the reigning figure skater champion, is touted as one of the greatest of all time. Besides skating, Chen is also pursuing a degree in statistics at Yale. Chen is also the author of his memoir, “One Jump at a Time.” In a recent interview, he shares some bites on his journey through the sport and the support he received during a tough phase.

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The champion athlete began skating at the age of three. Chen is also a three-time World Champion in skating. He made his Olympic debut in the 2018 Olympics and had an unwavering focus on the gold. A falter he made shattered his Olympic dream that year, which he considers the most dreadful setback and a crucial lesson for life. In connection with this, the tennis G.O.A.T Serena Williams shared words of encouragement. Chen recounts her impactful gesture in a recent interview.

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Serena Williams reached out to Nathan Chen after his placing 17th in the 2018 Olympics

The 18-year-old Chen was struck by despair after his performance in the 2018 Games. However, he ended in fifth place in men’s singles. Williams, a co-athlete but a legend in her sport, stepped forward to give an encouraging pat on his back.

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Recalling the day, he said, “It was really cool to be able to hear from someone who’s been through so much and more, and to just give me some support and some words of encouragement.” Besides, he said they have stayed in contact “to a small extent.”

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Chen had shared his delight several times in the past at the tennis superstar’s gesture. He once described her as “She’s an amazing athlete, an amazing role model and now an amazing mom. It was really amazing for me to have her reach out (to me).”

Chen congratulated Williams on her amazing career

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The tennis wonder woman retired in September this year. Words of love and support poured in from celebrities and fans across the world. Chen shared a video to reiterate that “her legacy lives on.” He thanked her for breaking down barriers and opening doors of possibilities for future generations.

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In addition, Chen expressed, “I will forever be inspired by your integrity as an athlete, a mother and a human.” Chen clinched his first Olympic gold medal in the 2022 Games. Besides, he is also the first-ever Asian American to win an Olympic medal.

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Ramya Bachu

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Ramya Bachu is a US Sports author for Essentially Sports. Ramya has a Master’s degree in Psychology. She strongly believes in the power of discipline, consistency, and willingness to learn to achieve greater heights.
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