Nathan Chen #2 - Yalie Extraordinaire

Sylvia

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What's the base value of a 4T4T, 4Z4T?
I've replied here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/isu-singles-pairs-scale-of-values-levels-and-goe-guidelines-for-2019-20-season.105647/page-3#post-5705767

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The GPF closing banquet was held at the Egyptian museum in Torino... here's a photo of Kamila Valieva posing with Nathan (re-posted on one of her fan IG accounts):

 
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Can I have issues instead with the fact that he just skated a brilliant World record performance, and there are 9 times as many posts about his shirt rather than the performance?

I realize this is because people have pretty much nothing else to complain about it, and we on FSU take our complaining seriously. (The ice dance fan in me would like to fix the trip in the choreographic footwork every time I watch the video;). Which has possibly been a lot:)).
 
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We are out of superlatives for this performance, and complaining about the small imperfections in the performance (like the trip) will get us "banned" from an appreciation thread, so the only thing we can talk about without getting in trouble is his shirt.

eta: I just want to stick my neck out by saying...Nathan, please put that footwork into the 3A back. I loved it. like LOOOOVED it.
 

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Came across this very well-done podcast that Nathan did with Lilah Fear (with a cameo from Jean-Luc Baker):

It was released in September but was likely conducted earlier in the summer because they're in Montreal. Lilah asked some great questions and they cover a wide variety of topics including his upbringing, family, the Olympic experience, mentality on skating, college life, etc. Nathan comes across as very well-adjusted and it's nice to hear from him on a more personal level, as opposed to some of the more businesslike questions that we typically get from press conferences and the like.

Also, speaking of Jean-Luc and Nathan, USFS has released a series of videos with the skaters playing games from Champs Camp, and this one with Nathan hosting Food Phrase is hilarious, mainly because Jean-Luc is hilariously bad at this game. Highly recommend if you need a little pick me up ;) https://www.instagram.com/tv/B4iseLEAL5f/
 

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This podcast link (interview by Meryl Davis in Torino) was posted in the U.S. Men's thread yesterday:
Today's episode of the Olympic Channel Podcast is Nathan. It's nicely organized and has some good insights.

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Cute moment after the GPF gala:
 
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Shirt has not come close to some of the other bizarre costumes over the years. And at least he’s not channeling Weir.
 

Sylvia

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Just realized Jean-Christophe Berlot's article from the GPF in Torino wasn't posted here (Dec. 10, 2019):
Excerpt:
"Every time I compete there are always things I can improve on. I like to improve every time I can. I haven't yet felt after a program that it was as great as it could possibly be. There are always little bits I can tune," Chen explained. "Technically I did everything here, but I can always improve on PCS (Program Component Scores) and the overall program. Yuzuru is much better at them than I am. If he had skated perfectly, he would have won. Look at the way the whole crowd is welcoming him. He has that energy you can feel on the ice. These are things I'd like to emulate as much as I can."
Chen rotated no less than 35 times in the air during his 4-min. free program. After all, the earth needs 35 days to do the same! Not bad, for a Rocketman.
 

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^ It's lovely the way Nathan and Yuzuru praise each other... almost as if they are competing against each other in courtesy and sportsmanship as well as skating!
 

Sylvia

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You can vote for Nathan for "Best of December 2019" through tomorrow:
 

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Nathan fine tuning his SP with Shae-Lynn Bourne on Irvine ice in this team_raf Instagram story yesterday, captured here:
 

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