Rooting for underdogs!
Article by Jack Baer (March 16, 2021):
When Chin made her U.S. Figure Skating Championships debut in 1982, she was a 14-year-old Chinese American girl in an otherwise all-white field.
Chin was a clear prodigy, winning the 1981 World Junior Championships and placing fifth in her first trip to the senior national championship in 1982. The skating world was excited to see her arrival. It was further excited when she captured bronze in 1983 and silver in 1984. As a teenager, she could be seen landing a triple axel in practice, a half-decade before Japan's Midori Ito became the first woman to land the jump in competition. Chin's ability can be felt even now, as Nagasu compared her own historic triple axel to Chin's, calling the latter "absolutely gorgeous."
When the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo rolled around, Chin was perched as the future of American skating. She shattered expectations by finishing fourth at the age of 16. Then, 1988 was penciled in as the year she would become a household name.
That development continued the next year, when Chin became the first Asian American to win the senior title at the U.S. Championships. She didn't just win, though; she swept the competition, placing first in all three categories.