Chen tops Uno to take gold in Van­cou­ver

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VAN­COU­VER: Amer­i­can Nathan Chen over­came an early stum­ble dur­ing his free skate to win the Grand Prix fig­ure skat­ing fi­nal on Fri­day in Van­cou­ver, de­feat­ing ri­val Shoma Uno of Japan to take gold for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Chen fin­ished with a to­tal of 282.42 points, com­fort­ably ahead of Uno’s 275.10, with 17-year-old Jun­hwan Cha of South Ko­rea fin­ish­ing third with 263.49 points. “It’s a huge honor to be at the fi­nal with these two guys,” said Chen.

“They have brought a lot to skat­ing and I’m glad to be able to share the ice with them,” he said. “There are a lot of things I can work on and im­prove.” Chen came into Fri­day’s free skate with a slim lead over Uno af­ter Thurs­day’s short pro­gram, where the fa­vorites both made mis­takes.

Skat­ing to “Land of All” by Wood­kid, Chen nailed his open­ing quadru­ple flip be­fore fail­ing to land the fol­low­ing quadru­ple Lutz. But the 19-year-old reign­ing world cham­pion more than made up for his mishap as the pro­gram wore on, gain­ing con­fi­dence through­out his rou­tine to seal a de­ci­sive vic­tory be­fore a sup­port­ive crowd in Western Canada. — Reuters

VAN­COU­VER: US fig­ure skater Nathan Chen per­forms in the Men’s Free Skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the ISU Grand Prix 0f Fig­ure Skat­ing in Van­cou­ver, Canada on Fri­day. Nathan Chen won the gold medal in the Men’s Free Skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion. — AFP

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