GALLERY: Figure skating gold medalist Hanyu and rivals

GALLERY: Figure skating gold medalist Hanyu and rivals

GALLERY: Figure skating gold medalist Hanyu and rivals

Japan's defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu produced a stunning short programme to surge into the lead in men's figure skating as Mikaela Shiffrin's bid to retain her slalom title started with her vomiting and ended in heartbreak at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday.

He led all three US skaters into the top 10 as his 127.64 points for technical virtuosity put him in another stratosphere, and his 215.08 points for the free skate were a personal high.

Chen, 18, was out of contention for a medal after bombing on Friday in a nervy short programme that left him languishing in 17th place going into the decisive day.

Hanyu, a two-time world champion, finished almost 11 points overall ahead of compatriot Shoma Uno.

Kristi Yamaguchi, the gold-medal victor of the women's figure skating event at the 1992 Albertville Games, tweeted her astonishment of Chen's feat.

On a night featuring more quad spins than ever at an Olympic final, Hanyu became the first men's skater since 1952 to win back-to-back titles.

"I had the time of my life and this whole Olympic Games has been a wild ride".

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The 17-year-old Zhou actually led for about an hour, skating third among the 30 competitors and becoming the first figure skater to land a quad lutz in an Olympic event.

Chen pun off fast and easy as a top, the figure skater showed his same skill that helped him to became the USA figure skating champion twice.

Nathan said that his poor performance in the Free Skate is what pushed him to attempt the six quad feat.

"Maybe this time the affected people can give me more smiles". She finished in sixth place.

That part of Chen emerged in furious and spectacular fashion in the free skate segment of the men's figure skating competition Saturday, a day after a disastrous short program that eliminated him from medal contention.

The 23-year-old finished 29th in the short program at the last Winter Olympics, and failed to get through to perform his free skating routine. While the two-time world champion's performance was not as flawless as the short program that earned him an Olympic-record score of 111.68, it was more than enough to capture gold. "I think that tightened me up and made me super cautious out there and that's not the right way to skate". "It was a bunch of emotions, but I'm really happy with what I did today". "But when I went out to compete, I was not so nervous anymore and I tried my best", Jin said. At this point I have literally nothing to lose.

Even cooler will be to see how what Chen learned Saturday will appear on the ice in four years.

"I am just happy with my performance and my hard training and everything".

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