Amazing Kids! Magazine

Spotlight Intervew with Nathan Chen

By Victoria Feng, Editor-in-Chief


Nathan Chen competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics representing the United States of America and won a bronze medal.  He has been unofficially dubbed the “quad king” for his mastery of quads, and he landed six quad jumps at the Olympics.  Nathan will be attending Yale this fall.

Amazing Kids (AK): What inspired you to start figure skating?

Nathan Chen (NC): I remember watching FSK on TV during the 2002 Olympics, and I remember going to the rink and pretending to be in the Olympics. I’ve always wanted to be in the Olympics but, I always made sure to not think too far ahead and take things one step at a time.

AK: What has been the most challenging part of your figure skating career?

NC: I would say an injury of I had in the 2016 season. I am still young and have so much to experience so I’m sure that will evolve as I get older.

AK: What is your daily training routine like?

NC: I wake up at 7:30, get to the rink at around 8:40 and begin warming up. I am on the ice from 9:30-10:30. I have a break and am back on the ice at 11:40-1:40. I then head to the gym and workout for 1-2 hours.

AK: What inspires your programs?

NC: Every single athlete has given me so much confident and has inspired me to be the best that I can be. Every athlete has endured so much and it makes me realize that I can do the same. The athletes that I train with are all so inspirational and work extremely hard.

AK: Aside from your figure skating career, what else do you envision having a career in?

NC: I would love to learn how to box.

AK: What advice would you give to our readers about following their dreams and making a difference?

NC: My parents always enforce the idea of never giving up upon all of my siblings and me, and I think that’s something that will stick with me my whole life.