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Chen stuns with magical short in Kansas City

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]


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Chen rebounds from previous hardships in style

With past struggles in rearview mirror, confident youngster charges forward

Karen Chen had next.

That is how it looked after the 2015 U.S. Championships, as Chen, then 15, stole the show in the free skate and took third overall in her first U.S. championship as a senior, when she was too young to go to senior worlds.

And, if the only performance you’d seen of Chen’s since then was during Thursday’s short program at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, you would have thought to yourself, “Just what everyone expected.”…[read more]


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17-year-old Karen Chen asserts herself at U.S. figure skating championships

KANSAS CITY — The face of U.S. women’s figure skating is beginning to change ever so slightly.

The Ashleys and Gracies and Mirais are still around, saying the most interesting things. But at least for one night, a new kid is on top.

Karen Chen, a 17-year-old Californian who introduced herself to the American skating world with an improbable national bronze medal two years ago, then slipped back into the pack troubled by injuries and skate boot problems, skated exquisitely to win the women’s short program Thursday night at the U.S. national figure skating championships.

She received a score of 72.82 from the judges, the highest ever recorded for a women’s short program at U.S. nationals. That frankly might have been a bit much. Then again, it was the performance of the evening, so you really can’t blame the judges for getting a little exuberant….[read more]