Chen’s near-perfect skate wins long-sought Olympic gold

Nathan Chen remembers making the long drive with his mother from his home in Utah to Rafael Arutyunyan’s training base in Southern California.

On Thursday, Chen was able to give his old coach something priceless.

“It means the world,” he said. “I’m just so happy.”

This gold medal might not be the last Chen takes home, either.

His score left Hanyu in fourth, just out of the medals behind his two teammates.

First American figure skating champion since Evan Lysacek in 2010

Capped one of the most dominant four-year runs in the history of the sport

the 22-year-old Yale student walked away with the gold medal at the Beijing Games on Thursday.

He is the 2022 Olympic champion, a three-time World champion.