However, the 24-year-old star athlete settled for a runner-up finish to Chen, who was the tournament’s defending men’s champion, the Associated Press reports.
“I lost, that is about it,” Hanyu said. “I think I did my best, but the problem is that in figure skating competition consists of two days, and I am losing in both. It means that I simply do not have enough strength to win.”
This is the first time two U.S. men have been on the medal podium at the same time since Todd Eldredge won and Rudy Galindo placed third back in 1996.
“I’m proud of myself for being able to put out two good programs, the short and the long,” Chen was quoted as saying. “Ultimately, I’m just happy with how this event went and I hope to have more experiences like this.”
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