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World Champ Nathan Chen Looks Ahead as Olympic Push Begins

]Nathan Chen performs his men's free program during the Skate Canada figure skating event Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Chen, 22, has taken the men's version of the sport to new heights. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
]Nathan Chen performs his men's free program during the Skate Canada figure skating event Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chen, 22, has taken the men's version of the sport to new heights. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

(AP) -- Few if any athletes have had a run — well, a skate — like Nathan Chen since 2018.

Chen finished fifth in the men's figure skating event at the Pyeongchang Games, following a fiasco of a short program for 17th place with a rousing free skate that he won to lift him near the medals podium. Since then, Chen took gold at every competition until Skate America this past October. That includes three world titles, the only two Grand Prix finals held, and the three most recent of his five consecutive U.S. championships.