Karen Chen’s first book, Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice


Figure skating icon and U.S. National Champion Karen Chen tells the amazing story of her rise to the top, featuring never-before-seen photos and behind-the-scenes details from her journey on and off the ice!

At seventeen years old, Karen Chen has already achieved what some girls only dream of—and yet it’s only the beginning for this incredibly talented athlete.

The daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Karen began to figure skate at just five years old. Ten years and many grueling training sessions later, she broke out at the 2015 US Championships with a bronze medal. This was after sustaining a nearly career-ending ankle fracture a year earlier.

In 2017, Karen became the US National Champion, winning gold in two programs and receiving the highest score ever recorded for the short program at the US National level.

Now for the first time, Karen shares the story of how she got where she is today—and where she’s going next. Karen has already overcome astounding obstacles, and her grit, determination, and positive attitude have made her future truly limitless.

In Finding the Edge, she shares, in her own words, what it’s like to be Karen Chen—and what it takes to achieve the impossible.

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Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice


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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Golden Spin

Golden Spin Elizaveta Tuktamysheva Elizabet Tursynbayeva and Karen ChenGolden Spin Medalists – Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Elizabet Tursynbayeva and Karen Chen

Karen Chen – 2015 Golden Spin – 3rd place
Short Program – 56.82
Free Skate – 118.53
Total Score – 175.35

Karen Chen – 2015 Golden Spin – Exhibition
Music: Butterfly Lovers
Choreographers: Karen Chen

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Tar Heel tales: Chen has a big fan in Yamaguchi –

For many skating fans, the 4-foot-10 Karen Chen seemingly came out of nowhere to win the bronze medal at the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She was so tiny on the big stage that when she went to receive her medal, champion Ashley Wagner helped her up onto the podium.

The medal-winning performance wasn’t so surprising to one viewer: Kristi Yamaguchi.

The Olympic champion has been one of Chen’s backers for the past few years. Both hail from Fremont, California, and Yamaguchi has served as a mentor of sorts to the 15-year-old ever since the two were introduced at a local rink…[Read more]