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Nathan Chen Begins His First Olympic Season With First Grand Prix Win

By Karen Price | Oct. 21, 2017, 10:05 a.m. (ET)

Nathan Chen waves to the crowd after competing at the Japan Open at Saitama Super Arena on Oct. 7, 2017 in Saitama, Japan.


Entering his first Olympic season on the senior level, Nathan Chen won his first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating title on Saturday at the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow. He won the competition by just over three points, beating reigning Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan en route to the title.

Chen, 18, the 2017 U.S. men’s champion and Grand Prix Final silver medalist, led after Friday’s short program with a score of 100.54. Hanyu outscored Chen in Saturday’s free skate, but Chen’s sizable lead was enough to keep him in first place with the combined scores. 

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Chen was the only skater to break 100 points in the short program, landing a pair of quads. Hanyu was in second place with 94.85 points after a short program in which he under-rotated his opening quad loop and fell on a quad toe-triple toe combination. 

Hanyu’s score of 195.92 in the free skate gave him a total of 290.77 to bump him into first place with only Chen’s routine remaining. Chen's free skate scored 193.25, and his total of 293.79 beat Hanyu’s 290.77. Mikhail Kolyada of Russia finished third with a score of 271.06. American Grant Hochstein placed 11th.

The Rostelecom Cup is the first of the six-event Grand Prix series, which includes Skate America on November 24-26 in Lake Placid, New York.

The event continues Saturday with ice dancing, in which U.S. siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani led after the short program. That competition is followed by pairs and women. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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