2022 Winter Olympics: Asian Americans Nathan Chen And Chloe Kim Score Gold

It should come as no surprise that 22 year old Nathan Chen ( figure skating) and 21 year old Chloe Kim ( snowboard – halfpipe ) have both scored Olympic Gold for the USA at the Beijing Games.

This is Chen’s first Olympic Gold, with a performance at the men’s long program which was a cut above the rest. For Kim, this is her 2nd straight Gold, so its a pretty great day for a 21 year old. Both are awesome and both are champions. Here is a summary of their wins:

Nathan Chen ( 22) – Figure Skating

Nathan Chen of the U.S. celebrates after winning the gold medal in the free skating portion of the menÕs single skating event at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. (Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times)
  • Chen becomes the first American to win a men’s figure skating Gold Medal since Evan Lysacek in 2010;
  • His nickname is the “Quad King”;
  • Chen opened his long program with a quadruple flip, followed by a triple toe loop. He nailed every jump and move, with a total of five quad jumps, including a quadruple lutz;
  • Chen’s score was (332.6);
  • The performance placed Chen well at the lead with a score of 218.63, combined with his short program score for a winning total of 332.60;
  • Two Japanese figure skaters took the Silver and Bronze Medals – 18 year old Yuma Kagiyama (310.05 points) and Shoma Uno (293 points);

Chloe Kim (21) – Snowboard Halfpipe

  • This is Kim’s 2nd straight Olympic Gold Medal with a score of 94 points;
  • Kim’s first run included a 1080, a switch 900, a switch backside 540 and another 1080;
  • On her second and third runs and with the lead in the best-of-three, Kim tried to go big with a 1260 but fell both times;
  • Kim becomes the first woman in history to take back to back Gold in the snowboard halfpipe;
  • Kim and freestyle skiing Gold Medalist for China Eileen Gu shared a hug and became Olympic BFFs after Kim’s win;

What a talented pair of Asians, we are so proud of them!~

Images via Olympics website and Twitter


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