United States Has Three Top Ten Finishers in Men's Event
(2/17/18) – For
the fourth time in five Olympic Games, three American men have finished in the
Nathan Chen won the free skate, scoring a personal best
215.08 to give him 297.35 overall points and a fifth place finish in his first
Olympic Games. Chen began the day in 17th place after a tough short
program on Friday.
"I think honestly putting down a rough short program
and being so low in the placement just took the pressure away from me,” Chen
said. “I no longer felt like I was striving for that first-place spot. It
mostly was just me being out on the ice and enjoying myself, playing to the
crowd and really soaking in the Olympic experience."
Chen is the first person to land five clean quad jumps in an
Vincent Zhou jumped from 12th place to sixth
after a 192.16-point free skate. He scored 276.69 overall points. Both were
personal best scores.
“This is the way I’ve been training. I’ve been training
clean longs. So this is what I expected of myself, to commit to everything, to
put out two good performances.”
Rippon also placed tenth, scoring 259.36 overall points
after a 171.41-point free skate.
“My skate in the team event was for my teammates. This skate
in the individual event, it was for me. I’ve had a really long career with a
lot of ups and downs. To come away from these Olympic Games, to skate three
clean programs in the midst of what seems like a lot going on, a top 10 finish
in the individual event, and a bronze medal? It’s been a dream Olympic Games
After a day off, the ice dance competition will begin with
the short dance on Monday at 10 a.m. (Sunday, 8 p.m. ET).