Top 100 Nathan Chen Quotes

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Nathan Chen is a famous figure skater of America who always plays in the men’s singles discipline. He has won the World champion twice in 2018 and 2019 and also is a 2018 Winter Olympic bronze medalist in the team event. He has been the 2017 Four Continents champion, Grand Prix Final champion thrice, and four-time US national champion.

Moreover, he is the very first loop, Salchow, and Lutz. Talking about the junior level, he is the 2015-16 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist of 2013-2014, and World Junior bronze medalist of 2014.

You can check his top 100 quotes below that will inspire you every day.

Nathan Chen with his precious award
Nathan Chen with his precious award

“Never give up. There are always tough times, regardless of what you do in anything in life. Be able to push through those times and maintain your ultimate goal.”― Nathan Chen

“It’s crazy how fast time flies and how things progress.”― Nathan Chen

“Every day is a new day, and ultimately, I have to figure out what works each day.”― Nathan Chen

“Every day’s a new day.”― Nathan Chen

“I can’t decide the results, but I can still put my best foot forward and try the best I can.”― Nathan Chen

“As a kid growing up, I didn’t want to tell any of my classmates I did figure-skating because I knew they’d be like, ‘Oh, you’re a skater, you’re gay, blah blah blah.’ So I kept it to myself. Once I started getting to more of an elite level, I didn’t really care what people thought, though.”― Nathan Chen

“There are always times when you don’t want to go to the rink, or you don’t want to do all the things you’re supposed to do. Sometimes you’re exhausted, or it’s been a long week, but I always remind myself that this is my Olympic dream and the passion, because I love the sport very much.”― Nathan Chen

8th of 100 Nathan Chen Quotes

“I love skating. It’s part of my life, and I never wanted to give it up.”― Nathan Chen   

“Like my parents taught me, never give up, and always love what you do.”― Nathan Chen

“An artistic standpoint – I’ve watched a lot of ballet and source some inspiration from how they move, connect with each other, and find meaning in their movement.”― Nathan Chen

“I just like to keep pushing myself and the sport.”― Nathan Chen

“I want to do something in medicine, for sure. I don’t know what, exactly, that entails, but something along those lines.”― Nathan Chen

“My parents always enforce the idea of never giving up upon all of my siblings and me, and I think that’s something that will stick with me my whole life.”― Nathan Chen

“You have to have passion for what you do, or else it’s difficult when the going gets tough.”― Nathan Chen

“I start in the morning with something like a breakfast burrito and a smoothie, something that gives me enough protein and carbs to start my day.”― Nathan Chen

“I’ve skated after Yuzu a handful of times. The only thing I can take away from it is to be prepared for the Pooh-bears to be raining down from the audience.”― Nathan Chen

“There’s always things that I can improve on.”― Nathan Chen

“I like the challenge and instant gratification of landing a new jump or learning a new element. That made me fall in love with the sport.”― Nathan Chen

“Triples are hard. Triple axel is just not my jump. Quads are really my thing.”― Nathan Chen

“It’s like you get a high off the jumps, and you crave it, and you want to do it again and again and again.”― Nathan Chen

“I do very scientific-based training. However, for skating, that’s a little bit out of the ordinary. Many skaters base their off-ice training around plyometrics, whereas mine is very strength- and power-based.”― Nathan Chen

“Ever since I was a younger skater, I’ve been working my way to these big jumps.”― Nathan Chen

“Just being here at the Olympics is pretty incredible in itself. Seeing the unity of the athletes and to see how everyone has worked so hard to get here – and we are all so excited to be here – it’s awesome to be able to experience it.”― Nathan Chen

“I really like to bike outdoors and love the weight-based workouts that I do. I am not the biggest fan of other cardio-based workouts. Off-season cardio sessions are pretty grueling.”― Nathan Chen

“I would love to be working in a hospital or in a completely different realm, working with or exploring the lives of animals.”― Nathan Chen

“I hate spiders; I’m terrified of spiders.”― Nathan Chen

“Honestly, I am human. I make mistakes.”― Nathan Chen

“I’m the baby for sure. My siblings are looking out for me, making sure I’m not doing something stupid. They are making sure my head is set straight and that I’m a good person outside of skating and inside of it, too.”― Nathan Chen

“Once you land a jump, you put it straight in the program. That’s the way I’ve always been doing it.”― Nathan Chen

“It’s been a dream of mine to be selected on the U.S. Olympic team as long as I can remember.”― Nathan Chen

“The Olympics have really motivated me, ever since I started skating as a little kid.”― Nathan Chen

“I have a very close family. I have four older siblings: two brothers and two sisters.”― Nathan Chen

“My family and parents were very influential in my skating career.”― Nathan Chen

“I am a first-generation American of Chinese decent. My parents were both born and raised in China and moved to the U.S. in their 20s.”― Nathan Chen

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“Regardless of what I do, no matter how good it is, it’s never, in my mind, ‘flawless.’”― Nathan Chen

“Really, I’m just a normal kid.”― Nathan Chen

“My Chinese name is Chen Wei. I can speak a tiny, tiny bit, just basically get around, but I understand it decently well.”― Nathan Chen

“In terms of, like, interviews, I used to struggle a lot with interviews; I never knew what to say.”― Nathan Chen

“I tend to be a little bit more quiet and just to myself. I’m a little bit more introverted than extroverted.”― Nathan Chen

“I want to be a full-package skater.”― Nathan Chen

“I genuinely dislike sequins.”― Nathan Chen

“I like biology a lot.”― Nathan Chen

“I always carry my phone with me. I always have a computer on me.”― Nathan Chen

44th of 100 Nathan Chen Quotes

“I really enjoy traveling to… I went to Spain. That was really cool. Japan was really cool. France was really cool.”― Nathan Chen    

“My parents did not come to the U.S. with much; they had a lot of hardship.”― Nathan Chen

“We were all just taught to work as hard as we could, use these opportunities to advance, and just really appreciate all that we had.”― Nathan Chen

“Team U.S.A. is awesome.”― Nathan Chen

“If it’s time to indulge, I love desserts, especially Hershey’s chocolate. I also love sushi and Japanese food. Food is my favorite in general.”― Nathan Chen

“I try to get as close to 10 hours of sleep each night, as sleep is the best form of recovery.”― Nathan Chen

“I think doing a quint is very, very difficult.”― Nathan Chen

“That would be pretty cool being the first one to do the quint.”― Nathan Chen

“I never got to go to prom or homecoming or a lot of the typical teenage stuff. But, if you think about it, I’ve gotten to go and meet different people and travel all over the world.”― Nathan Chen

“As a family, we are all intrinsically motivated.”― Nathan Chen

“My parents always wanted the very best for me and pushed me further and further, so that stuck with me.”― Nathan Chen

“There are always benefits and good things, bad things that come out of every performance.”― Nathan Chen

“Skating in itself is a difficult sport, and the amazing athletes within the sport are very challenging.”― Nathan Chen

“I celebrate my hardworking parents and all the opportunities they gave me.”― Nathan Chen

“I am proud to be a first-generation Chinese-American in the sport of figure skating.”― Nathan Chen

“Throughout the day, I’ll snack a lot. I always have some breakfast cereal, like Kellogg’s cereal, something on hand, so that I can just quickly get some carbs in.”― Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen on field
Nathan Chen on field

“Emma Watson definitely is my celebrity crush. I love ‘Harry Potter.’ Plus, she’s gorgeous, which really helps.”― Nathan Chen

“Maybe it’s innate: I have a body built to jump.”― Nathan Chen

“There’s a lot of skaters that I look up to, and I think my biggest skating role models were the two Russian competitors at the 2002 Olympic games in Salt Lake City. They really motivated me to follow my passion in skating, and it really blossomed from there.”― Nathan Chen

“These big jumps take a big toll on the body, especially a young body. So, it’s kind of risk or reward, I guess.”― Nathan Chen

“Once I landed the triple Salchow, I put it in the program. First landed triple toe, straight into the program. That’s what I did with my quad suite.”― Nathan Chen

“I want to get another Olympic medal outside the team event.”― Nathan Chen

“It’s something I have to remind myself about, that at every competition, I put a lot of pressure on myself, almost like it’s the end of the world, and I have to keep reminding myself it’s not.”― Nathan Chen

“Sometimes thinking about the Olympics makes me a little nervous.”― Nathan Chen

“My skating career won’t last forever.”― Nathan Chen

“That’s something I’m actually very interested in doing, helping young skaters.”― Nathan Chen

“I remember being a little kid walking down the grocery aisle seeing athletes on these cereal boxes.”― Nathan Chen

“Being able to land all the quads, especially doing them all in one program, is mentally huge.”― Nathan Chen

“Half of learning a new element is just getting over the fear of doing it. Once you mentally prepare yourself enough to do the jump, that is really half the battle.”― Nathan Chen

“A lot of the things I do outside the rink are just to relax and recover. We spend so much time at the rink, so it’s nice to decompress a little.”― Nathan Chen

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“Ever since I started skating, making the Olympic team was my ultimate dream. It’s what has inspired and motivated me throughout my entire career.”― Nathan Chen      

“It’s reassuring knowing that people are supporting me and want to know more about me. It comes with being the national champion and making the Olympic team. I think that it’s telling me I’m on the right path.”― Nathan Chen

“Skating is a sport that I found a lot of interest in from a very, very young age. Ultimately, I think that being on the ice, being in the cold, and trying things and challenging myself in different ways is something that made me really interested in skating.”― Nathan Chen

“I began skating when I was 3. It was during 2002, the year the Olympics were held in Salt Lake City.”― Nathan Chen

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“Largely, I began skating because I wanted stuff to do outside of school. My mom decided to put me into figure skating.”― Nathan Chen

“I began skating in the official practice venue of the 2002 Games. It was a huge Olympic atmosphere with Apollo Ohno sitting on the wall every day when I walked into the rink. That was really cool and very inspiring to see.”― Nathan Chen

“Netflix isn’t available internationally all the time, but the NBA is. It’s nice to have something that feels like home.”― Nathan Chen

“The Olympics really started motivating me from the very start. That was my dream from the very beginning.”― Nathan Chen

“Once I really understood what skating was and what the Olympic really entailed, I knew that’s what I wanted to do: I wanted to be there; I wanted to represent the U.S.”― Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen during his early days
Nathan Chen during his early days

“Personally, I feel like there should be some sort of cap on the quads, but we should still be pushing it to a certain number.”― Nathan Chen

“I wanted to be a goalie.”― Nathan Chen

“I don’t think the demographic for skating really entails a lot of basketball watching.”― Nathan Chen

“If the jump is perfect, you come out, and you feel like you took a three-pointer in basketball or doing the perfect thing in whatever your sport is. You just get that adrenaline rush, a sense of satisfaction, like you want to do it again and again.”― Nathan Chen

“I’ve been working on it a lot, trying to find the artistic balance, trying to find purpose in my movement combined with the jumps.”― Nathan Chen

“To have all of these jumps in my arsenal is very beneficial. I can always alter my program so I can either play it safe, or I can play it risky with high reward. It depends on what I feel like I need that day.”― Nathan Chen

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“I think my parents felt us being a minority a little bit more than I did, and they tried to shelter me from that so I didn’t feel it at all.”― Nathan Chen

“When I watch my skating when I was younger, I definitely see all this balletic movement and this artistry come through.”― Nathan Chen

“I have my own life to live.”― Nathan Chen

“I have confidence in how I’ve trained and prepared myself. I’ve dreamed about the Olympics for a long time, and it would be kind of silly and a waste to freak myself out.”― Nathan Chen

“I love jumping. I have always loved jumping. I love watching jumps. I love doing jumps.”― Nathan Chen

“Skating is a very beautiful sport, and I love watching new programs.”― Nathan Chen

“Every competition is different… You can’t plan for everything that happens.”― Nathan Chen

“My training and ballet background definitely gives me the competitive edge on the ice.”― Nathan Chen

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“I think that ballet and skating definitely go hand in hand, especially growing up at Ballet West, which is an incredible academy.”― Nathan Chen    

“I’ve always had Russian coaches.”― Nathan Chen

“I really wanted to play hockey. My mom thought figure skates looked easier to use, so she put me in the learn-to-skate program.”― Nathan Chen

“From a logistical standpoint, I learned about when to peak, when to push, when to recover throughout the season.”― Nathan Chen

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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