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The gravity-defying physics of figure skater Nathan Chen
   Quartz
  Published: 11 months ago

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This video has been updated in a later version to reflect the controversy surrounding the quads in Nathan Chen’s 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic routine. The newer video is linked in the credits, or can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtFGwpMlOYo

17-year-old Nathan Chen is on the verge of becoming the world figure skating champion. We break down the gravity-defying physics behind his record-breaking moves.

Read more about the science behind Nathan Chen's routine: https://goo.gl/fsthmn

Nathan Chen is on the verge of becoming the best figure skater alive. But the stresses on the 17-year-old American aren't just psychological. Chen is known for doing more quadruple jumps in a single program than any other figure skater in the world. But the moves are incredibly taxing on the human body. These are the physics behind figure skating's most difficult jump.

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2 days ago
And now, make it six in a row.


3 days ago
This made me think: Mario. Press the A button.


3 days ago
Amazing.


4 days ago
Yoi
We were born to make history
.....


5 days ago
wow!!!


5 days ago
awesome


5 days ago
What's the difference between a jump and an axel?


5 days ago
And now he landed 6 quads...


5 days ago
Amazing!


5 days ago
HE'S SO TALENTED!?!


5 days ago
He would be in the winter Olympics


6 days ago
Why are you guys getting all amazed for this is nothing. I'll show you guys true talent.....hold my beer....


6 days ago
Quartz u my dog


6 days ago
U think you're good? Asian are better


7 days ago
Figure skating is gay. I'm wondering if this kid is also gay or if hes your typical poor asian kid who was forced into something by his demanding parents.


7 days ago
Not only is he talented but also really good looking!


1 week ago
God damn just read the article Vox put out today on him. So much crap, talking as though he is already the worlds best when currently he's just not close to Hanyu. It's bullshit like this that's crushing him under the pressure, he's good but he was only a favorite to win if you are the US media

That free stake was fucking insane though. Shows what he can do with no pressure


1 week ago
Funny.
You claim it is gravity-defying physics.....
And then you show the physics to do it.

Hence, it is not gravity-defying...just more or less difficult. that is all.


1 week ago
i was breathing so hard watching this lmfao


1 week ago
hahaha fluke


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