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Nathan Chen Landed A Historic 5 Quads After Placing 17th Because He “Just Decided To Try It”

"If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and Nathan Chen."

Nathan Chen is an 18-year-old figure skater for the US Winter Olympics team.

Chen had a rough start in the men's single figure skating on Friday and was at one point in 17th place.

NBC: “We hyped up Nathan Chen!” Me: “you screwed up a perfectly good skater is what you did. look at it. it’s got anxiety.”

Hey Nathan Chen Beyonce fell off the stage at a concert and got right back up, so can you.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu came first and defended his gold medal. But, improbably, Chen managed to turn things around with an impressive performance to climb back up to fifth place – narrowly missing out on a medal.

And Chen landed an incredible five clean quadruple jumps – almost nailing a sixth.

So it was five clean quads and another one that didn't quite make it – and he made the highest individual score of the day.

His free skate was top score of the day. He is 1st skater to do 5 clean quads, 6 overall in a program. Ends in 5th… https://t.co/m4NfmM5i2j

When asked why he went for six quads, he said: "I already fell so many times, I might as well go out, throw everything down and see what happens."

Interviewer: why did you do 6 quads? Nathan Chen: might as well

People have been praising him.

I knew this was going to happen! HE DID IT! He's a true champ inside and out. Such an inspiration. ✨ @nathanwchen #RoleModel

AND I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR *perfect quad* LOVE AND I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR *perfect quad* LOOOVE YES I WOULD DO AN… https://t.co/iQj6MuLG3P

Nathan Chen, 18, lands a historic six quads in his men's free skate program at his first Olympics as the world chee… https://t.co/T6IsjgYbSq

If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and Nathan Chen.