Hanyu defends skating gold

Nathan Chen lands record six quads in Olympic long program, scores personal best

Japan's Hanyu sets Olympic record in short program

"I went home and lay in bed and tried to relax a bit".

"Just happy. I can't say anymore, just happy", Hanyu said through his ever-present smile.

American jumping ace Nathan Chen lived up to his reputation on Saturday, redeeming himself with quadruple jumps after a pair of disastrous skates in Pyeongchang and making Olympic history into the bargain with a brilliant free skate.

The result was a score of 82.27 points, which put him in 17th place entering the short program.

"There was a lot about redemption", Chen said after his performance. "It was just rough". Right now I take it day by day. "Honestly, I just wanted to leave here satisfied with what I have done and I definitely am". Landing six quads meant that Nathan broke the previous record of four quads performed at an Olympics.

Hanyu is a fully paid up member of the Winnie The Pooh appreciation society, ever since as a school kid he had a tissue box with the bear on the cover.

"I just thought, "skate".

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He said the team event, where he likewise struggled with the short but still helped the US win bronze, did not affect his preparation.

It is the fifth-highest score in a long program ever recorded in worldwide figure skating history.

The two Swiss athletes became the first competitors infected by the highly contagious norovirus, striking an embarrassment to their Korean hosts. His repeat performance atop the Olympic podium was the first since American Dick Button won consecutive golds in 1948 and 1952. He used the four-rotation jump to lead into a triple toe and wound up with a season-best 84.53 points. In the free skate he nailed virtually every element.

On both days of the men's singles competition, Rippon didn't attempt any of the pyrotechnics - especially the soaring quads - that earn the highest technical scores. He landed the very hard triple axel, which is worth almost as much as a quad flip, and a triple flip-single loop-triple salchow combination that had a crowd smattered with American fans roaring in approval.

His score also briefly led before leaving him in seventh place.

He also delivered an uncharacteristically average performance in the team competition.

"I'm glad that I was able to have this ending like this. And I'm an awesome skater". A popular personality at these Olympics, he finished 10th. After a commercial, NBC switched to figure skating, leaving viewers with the impression that the race was over.

Even the South Korea fans were waving American flags for him inside Gangneung Ice Arena.

"The past four to eight years, we have always had some incredible athletes but to have like a big group of people that are like constantly going out and getting results and to I feel like I'm kind of a part of that movement in my sport is a pretty special feeling".

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