Winter Olympics: US figure skater Nathan Chen rockets to gold!

Beijing, China - The US scored another gold after figure skater Nathan Chen thrilled the audience at the Beijing Winter Games!

Nathan Chen won gold in figure skating with a performance set to Rocket Man.
Nathan Chen won gold in figure skating with a performance set to Rocket Man.  © IMAGO / Penta Press

The three-time world champion, skating to Elton John's Rocket Man, received a standing ovation at the end of his Olympic performance on Thursday.

The 22-year-old earned 218.63 for his routine, for a total score of 332.60.

Chen dominated from the start of the competition, with a world record score of 113.97 in the short program on Tuesday.

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"Of course, there are certainly many things I could have done better, but overall I was very happy I was able to do the program that I put down," Chen said.

"It means the world. I'm just so happy. It's a whirlwind right now. I had a blast out there."

Chen said he never felt he'd be able to earn an Olympic medal.

"I'd always of course dream about making the Olympics and winning the Olympics, but I (thought), 'That's hard, I don't know if I can make that happen.'"

Japanese skaters rounded out the podium, with Yuma Kagiyama (18) claiming silver, with a skate to the music of Gladiator by Hans Zimmer. Kagiyama earned a 201.93 to finish with 310.05 points, a personal best.

Shoma Uno, skating to Boléro, took home bronze with a total of 293.

Cover photo: IMAGO / Penta Press

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