2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Senior Ladies Gold Medalist
2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Senior Ladies Bronze Medalist
2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Champion
Karen was born in Fremont, California on August 16, 1999. She first stepped on ice at age of four and started competing when she was six. She was a very shy girl and it’s always been a challenge for her to attend skating group lessons. She would just stand by the gate of rink and wouldn’t go to her group alone. Things changed at her first skating competition. She did everything during competition by herself. After that, she told her parents that she loved ice skating and wants to do more competitions. So, her skating journey began.
After winning Juvenile Girls of 2010 Central Pacific Regional Championships, she got to compete in her first Junior Nationals Championships and she was pewter medalist. She was very excited and so determined to do better. Next year, she won the both titles of 2011 Central Pacific Regional and 2011 Junior Nationals in Intermediate Ladies division; her score at Nationals (combined short program and free skate) was 119.92 points — the highest score at the intermediate level since the International Judging System was implemented in 2007. The opening Level 4 layback spin earned 4.20 points and received straight 3 grades of executions from the judging panel.
She went on and added two more gold medals from Regional and Sectional in Novice Ladies. On January 23, 2012, she captured the Novice Ladies title at Nationals at age of 12 with the highest novice competition score, 140.17, ever since the new judging system was put into place at the U.S. Championships back in 2007. The score is 14 more points than silver medalist’s. This was her first time to compete in Nationals; she really enjoyed it and learned a lot from this competition. Moving forward, Karen is going to compete as a junior lady during 2013 season (2012 – 2013).
Karen is a straight A student and math and science are her favorite subjects. Actually, she was just awarded with Dean’s Honor List last semester. She likes art a lot and has been taking art lessons since she was 8. Therefore, she has lots of artwork at home and her favorite ones are all hung on walls of living and family room. She also like to play baseball, badminton and tennis with her brother, Jeffrey, when she has time. Both Karen and Jeffrey like to ride bikes and chase after each other when weather is nice. She is happy that she is able to skate and train with her brother after Jeffrey decided he wants to be a figure skater as well.
She is very thankful to have so many people who support and sponsor her to keep her dreams alive even though she doesn’t know most of them. Finally, she really appreciate her team members including her family, coaches, mentors, doctors, skating friends and their families to give her this opportunity to dream big and pursue her dreams.
2015 Season Notes
2014 Season Notes
2013 Season Notes
Cecilia Colledge Memorial Fund Award
Susan Wise Trophy
Dana Dawson Award
Marcia Kresge Award
2012 US Championships Smucker’s Skating Spectacular
2012 US Figure Skating Championships Novice Ladies Free Skate
Links to News:
2012 Season – Gold Medalist – US National Championships – Novice Ladies
Fremont’s Karen Chen wins gold medal in the ladies novice competition at the U.S. figure skating championships
2011 Season – Gold Medalist – US Jr. National Championships – Intermediate Ladies
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