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The 2018 Winter Olympics have been full of characters.Red Gerard. North Korean cheerleaders. A fake Kim Jong Un. Winnie the Pooh.Wait, Winnie the Pooh? Oh yes.When Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu went off for the second highest-ever Olympic figure skating score during his Pyeongchang debut on Thursday, fans hurled dozens of stuffed Pooh Bears onto the ice, coating the rink with Disney flavor.
Chen is one of the most publicized U.S. faces of the Games. There’s nothing unusual about athletes taking advantage of the run-up to the Olympics to film a few commercials, do some magazine shoots and make as much money as they can. Chen would have been crazy not to do that.
The United States had a bit of tough luck in Pyeongchang on Thursday. Mikaela Shiffrin was ill and just barely failed to medal in the slalom — her best event — one day after she skied to gold in the giant slalom. Lindsey Jacobellis also failed to medal in snowboard cross; she held the lead for a bit but placed fourth after a crazy finish. Figure skater Nathan Chen stumbled in the men’s short routine and did not medal. Chen’s teammate Adam Rippon performed well but also failed to make the podium.
But then, when the Games come, a pressure unlike anything a young athlete has felt comes along too. Chen is a thoughtful and introspective 18-year-old. He might land quads like he’s some kind of machine, but he’s anything but. There are athletes who seem to have an easy time blocking out the pressure, and for the past couple of years, we’ve thought Chen was that kind of skater.