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Karen Chen (born August 16, 1999) is an American figure skater. She is a two-time CS U.S. Classic bronze medalist (2016, 2017), the 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb bronze medalist, and the 2017 U.S. national champion. Earlier in her career, she won four medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, including gold at the 2013 JGP Slovakia.

Karen Chen
Karen Chen 2017.jpg
Personal information
Country representedUnited States United States
Born (1999-08-16) August 16, 1999 (age 20)
Fremont, California
Home townFremont, California
ResidenceColorado Springs, Colorado
Height1.53 m (5 ft 0 in)
CoachTammy Gambill
Former coachGilley Nicholson, Sherri Krahne-Thomas
ChoreographerKaren Chen, Massimo Scali, Rohene Ward, Marina Zoueva
Former choreographerMark Pillay, Jonathan Cassar, Justin Dillon, Cindy Stuart
Skating clubPeninsula FSC
Training locationsColorado Springs, Colorado
Former training locationsRiverside, California
Began skating2005
World standing21 (As of April 6, 2019)
Season's bests37 (2017-18)
ISU personal best scores
Combined total199.29
2017 Worlds
Short program69.98
2017 Worlds
Free skate129.31
2017 Worlds

Chen competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics, placing 11th. She has also competed at six ISU Championships, achieving her best result, fourth, at the 2017 World Championships.

Personal lifeEdit

Karen Chen was born in Fremont, California.[1][2] Her parents moved to the United States from Taiwan.[3][4] She has a younger brother, Jeffrey, who is also a figure skater.[4] She was homeschooled via Connections Academy in high school.[4] Chen has expressed interest in majoring in the medical field.[5] She was admitted to Cornell University's School of Human Ecology as part of the class of 2023 and will major in Human Biology, Health and Society on a pre-med track.[6][7]

Chen is mentored by 1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who shares a hometown with her.[8] She published a memoir titled Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice in November 2017, in which she revealed that she suffers from spondylolisthesis.[9] Chen enjoys painting and is a fan of the Japanese character Totoro.[2] On 2019 International Women's Day, she was chosen to be one of eight POWERGIRLs that serve as brand ambassadors for social fitness blogger Cassey Ho's activewear company, POPFLEX Active.[10]

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Chen began learning to skate in 2005.[1] She won gold on the national intermediate level in 2011 and then gold competing as a novice in 2012. The following season, she competed on the junior level at the 2013 U.S. Championships, placing fourth. She made her international debut at the 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy where she won gold on the novice level.

2013–14 season: Junior international debutEdit

In the 2013–14 season, Chen received her first ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) assignments. She won bronze in Riga, Latvia, followed by gold in Košice, Slovakia, and qualified for the JGP Final.[11] While practicing a triple Lutz,[12] she sustained a type three tibia fracture in her right ankle.[3][13] The injury led her to withdraw from the JGP Final. Chen spent four weeks on crutches and resumed training in mid-December.[12] She withdrew from the junior event at the 2014 U.S. Championships after placing fifth in the short program.[13] At the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, she placed sixth in the short program, ninth in the free skate, and ninth overall.

2014–15 season: First senior national medalEdit

In the 2014–15 JGP series, Chen won bronze at Czech Skate and silver at the Croatia Cup, respectively.[14][15] She was awarded the bronze medal in her senior national debut at the 2015 U.S. Championships, behind Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold. Chen was not old enough to compete at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships, and was instead assigned to the 2015 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, where she placed eighth.

2015–16 season: Senior international debutEdit

Ahead of the season, Chen tried 14 pairs of skate boots.[16] In September 2015, she finished fourth at the 2015 U.S. International Classic, an ISU Challenger Series (CS) event and her first senior international. Making her Grand Prix debut, she placed fifth at both the 2015 Skate America and 2015 Cup of China. She won bronze at her second CS assignment, the 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb in December, and finished 8th at the 2016 U.S. Championships in January.

2016–17 season: Senior national championEdit

Chen began her season with the CS's U.S. Classic, placing third behind Japan's Satoko Miyahara and USA's Mariah Bell.

Competing on the Grand Prix series, Chen achieved a seventh place finish at 2016 Cup of China and a sixth place finish at 2016 NHK Trophy.

Chen won the gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Championships after placing first in both the short program and free skate.[17][18] She set a new U.S. record with her short program score of 72.82.

Continuing her season at the 2017 Four Continents Championships, Chen skated to a twelfth place finish.

Chen rebounded at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships, placing fifth in the short program with a score of 69.98. She then placed sixth in the free program with a score of 129.31. With a combined score of 199.29, Chen skated to a fourth place finish overall in her first appearance at the World Championships. Her placement, combined with a seventh place finish from USA's Ashley Wagner, qualified Team USA three spots for the 2018 Olympics and 2018 World Figure Skating Championships.

2017–18 season: OlympianEdit

Chen began her season at the CS's U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, placing 3rd overall for the second year in a row. Before beginning competition in her Grand Prix series, Chen also performed a free skate at the Japan Open helping Team North America earn the bronze medal with a 6th place finish.

Two weeks before her first Grand Prix event, Chen abandoned her "Carmen"-themed free skate program and replaced it with a program she choreographed herself including music from the 1978 film “Slow Dancing in the Big City”.[19] With her new program, Chen placed 7th overall at the 2017 Skate Canada International.[20]

Chen competed in her second Grand Prix event at 2017 Skate America and placed ninth after failing to land a triple loop.[21] After USA's Ashley Wagner withdrew herself from the competition due to an ankle infection, Chen's ranking was moved to eighth place.[22]

At the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Chen placed third in the short program and fourth in the free skate to win the overall bronze medal. As a result, Chen was selected to represent the USA at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2018 World Championships in Milan, Italy.[23] She placed eleventh in the Olympics and withdrew from Worlds; she was replaced by second alternate Mariah Bell after first alternate Ashley Wagner declined the invitation.

2018–19 season: Injury and withdrawalsEdit

Chen trained with her younger brother, ice dancer Jeffrey Chen, in Canton, Michigan during the two month-long 2018 Stars on Ice tour.[24]. She later relocated with longtime coach Tammy Gambill from Riverside, California to Gambill's new training base at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the summer. Chen will also work with coaches Christy Krall and Tom Zakrajsek in addition to Gambill.[25]

Chen withdrew from early season events and her Grand Prix assignments, 2018 Grand Prix of Helsinki and 2018 Rostelecom Cup, following an injury during the off-season.[26] She returned to competition at the 2018 CS Tallinn Trophy, where she finished ninth in the short program. Chen withdrew from the free skate due to injury.[27] She announced her subsequent withdrawal from the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to focus on her health in early January.[28] Chen later revealed that she had been suffering from a stress fracture.[29] In 2019, she also announced that she would be attending Cornell University in the fall, as well as returning to competition during the 2019–20 season.

2019–20 seasonEdit

Chen opened her season at the 2019 Philadelphia Summer International, where she won the silver medal behind training teammate You Young of South Korea. She then placed fourth at the 2019 CS Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Ontario.

Chen was assigned to 2019 Skate America and 2019 NHK Trophy for the 2019–20 Grand Prix series.

ProgramsEdit

 
Karen Chen performing a Biellmann spin in 2015
Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2019–2020
[7]
2018–2019
[2][30]


2017–2018
[31][32][33][34][35]






2016–2017
[1][39]


2015–2016
[42]

2014–2015
[3][43]
  • Requiem for a Tower
    performed by Escala
  • Requiem for a Dream
    arranged and performed by Jennifer Thomas
  • Requiem for a Dream
    by Clint Mansell
    choreo. by Justin Dillon, Cindy Stuart
  • The Godfather Suite
    by Nino Rota, Drew Tretick
    choreo. by Justin Dillon, Cindy Stuart

2013–2014
[44]
2012–2013
[2]
2011–2012
[2]
  • The Godfather Suite
    by Nino Rota, Drew Tretick
    choreo. by Justin Dillon, Cindy Stuart
  • Butterfly Dance
2010-11

Competitive highlightsEdit

2013–14 to presentEdit

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[45]
Event 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20
Olympics 11th
Worlds 4th WD
Four Continents 12th 12th
GP Cup of China 5th 7th
GP Finland WD
GP NHK Trophy 6th TBD
GP Rostelecom Cup WD
GP Skate America 5th 8th TBD
GP Skate Canada 7th
CS Autumn Classic 4th
CS Golden Spin 3rd 7th
CS Tallinn Trophy WD
CS U.S. Classic 4th 3rd 3rd
Philadelphia WD 2nd
International: Junior[45]
Junior Worlds 9th 8th
JGP Final WD
JGP Croatia 2nd
JGP Czech Republic 3rd
JGP Latvia 3rd
JGP Slovakia 1st
National[2]
U.S. Champ. WD 3rd 8th 1st 3rd WD
Pacific Coast 1st
Team events
Japan Open 3rd T
6th P
World Team
Trophy
3rd T
9th P
TBD = Assigned; WD = Withdrew
Levels: J = Junior
T = Team result; P = Personal result. Medals awarded for team result only.

Novice levelEdit

International
Event 09–10 10–11 11–12 12–13
Gardena 1st N
National[2]
U.S. Champ. 4th V 1st I 1st N 4th J
Pacific Coast 1st N 2nd J
Central Pacific 1st V 1st I 1st N
Levels: V = Juvenile; I = Intermediate;
N = Novice; J = Junior

Detailed resultsEdit

Senior levelEdit

2019–20 season
Date Event SP FS Total
September 12–14, 2019 2019 Autumn Classic International 3
60.89
4
112.77
4
173.66
July 31 – August 3, 2019 2019 Philadelphia Summer International 1
65.63
2
117.36
2
182.99
2018–19 season
Date Event SP FS Total
November 26 – December 2, 2018 2018 CS Tallinn Trophy 9
52.93
WD WD
2017–18 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 21–23, 2018 2018 Winter Olympics 10
65.90
11
119.75
11
185.65
January 3–5, 2018 2018 U.S. Championships 3
69.48
4
129.11
3
198.59
November 24–26, 2017 2017 Skate America 9
59.53
6
123.27
8
182.80
October 26–28, 2017 2017 Skate Canada International 5
61.77
7
108.63
7
170.40
October 7, 2017 2017 Japan Open - 6
116.32
3T/6P
September 13–17, 2017 2017 U.S. Classic 2
66.18
3
116.14
3
182.32
August 4-6, 2017 2017 Philadelphia Summer International 4
62.20
WD WD
2016–17 season
Date Event SP FS Total
April 20–23, 2017 2017 World Team Trophy 8
60.33
9
108.62
3T/9P
168.95
March 29 – April 2, 2017 2017 World Championships 5
69.98
6
129.31
4
199.29
February 15–19, 2017 2017 Four Continents Championships 12
55.60
10
111.22
12
166.82
January 14–22, 2017 2017 U.S. Championships 1
72.82
1
141.40
1
214.22
December 8–11, 2016 2016 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb 6
54.60
7
101.03
7
155.63
November 25–27, 2016 2016 NHK Trophy 7
58.76
5
119.69
6
178.45
November 18–20, 2016 2016 Cup of China 9
58.28
5
121.11
7
179.39
September 14–18, 2016 2016 CS U.S. Classic 6
51.50
3
110.58
3
162.08
2015–16 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 16–21, 2016 2016 Four Continents Championships 12
53.55
10
107.97
12
161.52
January 16–24, 2016 2016 U.S. Championships 12
54.86
8
113.89
8
168.75
December 3–5, 2015 2015 Golden Spin of Zagreb 4
56.82
3
118.53
3
175.35
November 5–8, 2015 2015 Cup of China 7
58.30
5
117.63
5
175.93
October 23–25, 2015 2015 Skate America 4
62.28
6
110.26
5
172.54
September 16–20, 2015 2015 U.S. Classic 3
60.94
5
98.24
4
159.18

Junior levelEdit

2014–15 season
Date Event Level SP FS Total
March 2–8, 2015 2015 World Junior Championships Junior 12
51.64
8
105.66
8
157.30
January 18–25, 2015 2015 U.S. Championships Senior 6
64.66
3
135.13
3
199.79
November 18–22, 2014 2015 Pacific Coast Senior 2
54.83
1
116.75
1
171.58
October 8–12, 2014 2014 Junior Grand Prix, Croatia Junior 1
62.71
3
106.70
2
169.41
September 3–7, 2014 2014 Junior Grand Prix, Czech Republic Junior 1
60.68
4
100.27
3
160.95

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