Record-setting performance has youngster on top; Wagner finishes third
Every so often a superb performance comes along that’s so unexpected, it jolts the sport and demands everyone that sees it sit up and take notice.
That’s what happened at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday night, when Karen Chen took the ice for her self-choreographed short program, set to music from Dave Gruisin’s On Golden Pond.
Skating with finely balanced delicacy and attack, the 17-year-old opened with a huge triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, closed with a superb layback spin and produced nothing short of magic in between.
“Everything came together. I trained this program over and over,” the soft-spoken Chen said. “It’s such a special program for me, and I’m just happy I was able to pull it all together out there.”…[read more]