By Todd Kortemeier | April 04, 2018, 11:26 a.m. (ET)
Nathan Chen poses for a portrait with his bronze medal the Today Show set at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 17, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


Nathan Chen has already made it to the top of the figure skating world. Why not do the same in the academic world and give Yale a shot?

The 18-year-old reigning world champion plans to attend the university this fall, according to an icenetwork report. Chen’s agent confirmed Tuesday that the 2018 Olympic bronze medalist was accepted at the New Haven, Connecticut, Ivy League school.

But Chen is not inclined to rest on the laurels of his world championship, won last month in impressive fashion by nearly 50 points over his closest competitor. The Salt Lake City native plans to continue training and competing right alongside his college coursework.

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Chen won’t be the first U.S. figure skater to attend Yale, as 2002 Olympic champion Sarah Hughes went there after her international competition career was over.

Chen said in March that he had applied to “six or seven” colleges, mostly in California where his coach, Rafael Arutunian, is based. He intends to continue working with Arutunian. Chen is coming off an Olympic Winter Games individual fifth-place performance in addition to team bronze.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.