Don’t be deceived by the warm smile and understated sense of humor. There’s a fighter inside of Nathan Chen.
That part of Chen emerged in furious and spectacular fashion in the free skate segment of the men’s figure skating competition Saturday, a day after a disastrous short program that eliminated him from medal contention. The enraged 18-year-old U.S. champion decided that if he couldn’t win gold, silver or bronze, he would at least make history.
And he did, becoming the first competitor to ever cleanly land five quadruple jumps at the Olympics. He attempted and landed a sixth, but had to place his two hands on the ice to prevent a fall.
He earned 215.08 points for...