West Valley City • Hours prior to he took to the ice to accomplish in entrance of his homeland crowd, Nathan Chen strolled during the doorways of a dinner party room throughout the Maverik Center in a jean jacket able to be venerated the best way maximum celebrity Olympians are.
The 19-year-old determine skater, who completed 5th general in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February has his personal day again house in Salt Lake City.
On Wednesday afternoon, prior to appearing in the Stars on Ice excursion in West Valley City along fellow Olympic veterans, Chen was once awarded a proclamation via Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and council individuals Michael H. Jensen and Jenny Wilson perpetually making May 16, “Nathan Chen Day.”
“It’s an honor to represent Salt Lake City,” Chen mentioned.
The proclamation was once formally handed Tuesday via Mayor McAdams and the county council. Chen, born and raised in Salt Lake City, discovered to skate at the ice on the Salt Lake City Sports Complex as a Three-year-old after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games had been in Salt Lake. As Jensen learn the proclamation aloud, he labored in an enthralling anecdote of Chen refusing to depart the ice as a baby, obsessive about skating.
Wilson, a former volunteer director right through the 2002 Games, awarded Chen with a inexperienced unfashionable 2002 Olympic coat and in addition to a 2002 pin. Wilson mentioned an important results of the 2002 Olympics was once organising a legacy which helped breed long run athletes.
“You are, indeed, just exactly that,” she informed Chen, “our future and what we wanted to see.”
Chen is the two-time reigning U.S. determine skating champion and went directly to win his first-ever international championship. Chen ruled the sector in Italy in March on his strategy to the arena crown. Once he’s completed with the Stars on Ice excursion, he’ll get started making ready for his subsequent section of existence: College. Chen will sign up at Yale University q4.
But as McAdams famous, regardless of how prime he soars off the ice or what number of quadruple jumps he lands, Salt Lake sought after to make it respectable this week.
“We’re always happy to be your home,” he mentioned.