US skater Nathan Chen dazzles after poor short program

  • Nathan Chen of the United States performs during the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Nathan Chen of the United States performs during the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Nathan Chen of the United States reacts following his performance during the men’s free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Nathan Chen finally admitted that the pressure of being the face of American figure skating had gotten to him, winding him up so tight for his short program that it ended in what he described as a “disaster.”

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