The 17-year-old, the silver medallist behind Olympic champion
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan at last monthís Grand Prix Final in
Marseille, posted an overall score of 318.47 to become the
youngest U.S. men's champion since 1966.
Chen, who grew up in Salt Lake City and trains in Southern
California, set a record score of 106.39 in the short programme
before following up with a record free skate total of 212.08 to
leave his closest rivals trailing in his wake. "It was amazing,"
Chen told reporters about his sensational accomplishment in
landing five quads. "Thatís something I've been training for,
something that I've been working towards.
"I didn't want to put it out there just yet because it's been
not so consistent in practice, but it's something that I'm
really proud about.
"There really is no end point. You keep on adding new stuff,
keep on adding new things and trying to gain confidence with
these big jumps."
Behind Chen, Vincent Zhou, 16, took silver with a final
aggregate of 263.03 while 2014 Olympian Jason Brown claimed
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. Augustine, Florida;
Editing by Andrew Both)
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