BEIJING — Fourteen years after his disappointing performance in Pyeongchang’s figure skating short program, Nathan Chen of the United States is now on a path to redemption. He has a good chance to get it based on Friday’s performance in the figure skating short programme in the team event.

Chen’s performance at the Capital Indoor Stadium, skating with “La Boheme”, achieved a season-high score of 111.71. This won the segment and put the U.S. on top in the team competition. There are two days of skating left.

Shoma Uno from Japan scored 105.46, placing her second in the short-programme. Mark Kondratiuk of the Russian Olympic Committee came third with 95.81.

The United States is the first team with 28 points. China, with 21 points, is second and the Russian Olympic Committee third.

A humble Chen said that his performance was a result of the team’s effort.

“As we have seen since 2018, even someone doesn’t possess the best skate, it’s possible to still be a good skater.”
He said that we have a strong team that will support us.” “This is certainly true this time. “I’m glad I did my bit and skated as well as I could.”

Chen struggled to win the men’s individual short program at the Pyeongchang Games 2018.

Three-time world champion Chen, 22, is ready to face the Olympics. It is not yet clear if Chen will compete Sunday in the team event’s second day.

He said, “There are many variables in play.” “We have a strong team so we have many chess pieces to choose from. The strongest piece at any given time is the strongest.”