Salt Lake City's Nathan Chen wins U.S. national title

Chen is headed to his first Olympic games as the top men's figure skater

SAN JOSE, Calif. (ABC4 Sports) - One of Salt Lake City's finest is headed to the Winter Olympics.

Salt Lake native Nathan Chen dazzled once again with his remarkable athleticism to pull off five breathtaking quadruple jumps, skating the final routine to a commanding U.S. national championship Saturday night.

Chen, 18, won his second straight national title, and secured his spot for next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"I still need time to really wrap my head around this," Chen said. "But this whole season has gone exactly as I wanted it to in terms of all the requirements to make that Olympic team. Honestly at this point it time it is sort of just checking off that box. I still have a lot more to do, but ultimately this is the dream that I've wanted for a long, long time; I've really strived for it my entire life. And I've always wanted to know what it feels like to be on that Olympic team."

With improved poise and style, Chen completed five quads to beat second-place Ross Miner with a total score of 315.23 — a startling 40.72-point lead that set him completely apart.

And Chen is considered the Americans' best medal hopeful if he is chosen for the team. Now, the U.S. Figure Skating selection committee will consider body of work to decide on the three skaters to represent next month in South Korea.

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