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Nathan Chen world record left coach teary-eyed

/ 06:20 PM February 09, 2022

USA's Nathan Chen competes in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on February 8, 2022.

USA’s Nathan Chen competes in the men’s single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on February 8, 2022. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

BEIJING —Nathan Chen’s world record short program in the Olympic figure skating was no surprise for his long-standing coach Rafael Arutyunyan but the emotion of the moment brought a tear to his eye, the Armenian American said on Wednesday.

Chen’s stunning 113.97-point skate put the world champion in the gold medal position ahead of Thursday’s free program, where he will hope to claim the title four years after crashing out at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

“During the program I was calm,” Arutyunyan, who has coached Chen since he was 11, told reporters after practice in Beijing.

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“You should see (the) tape, I was standing there (and) basically I didn’t even move.

“I was watching. Just a little bit I had tears in my eyes but it’s emotional. It was a long journey.”

Since Pyeongchang, where Chen finished fifth after an error-strewn short program, the 22-year-old American has been unstoppable.

He won all three world championships as part of a 14-event winning streak only broken at Skate America in October.

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Chen appeared in good form at practice on Wednesday, where he landed a slew of silky quadruple jumps.

Arutyunyan, who was born in Soviet-era Georgia and coached in Russia before moving to the United States over 20 years ago, said Chen was used to being in first place in competitions and nothing would change in his preparations.

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“You never change course before you go into some difficult trip,” he said.

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