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U.S. skater Nathan Chen wins world title; Two Colorado skaters earn berths in 2019 world championships

By: News Services
March 24, 2018 Updated: March 24, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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United States' Nathan Chen celebrates after winning a men's competition at the Figure Skating World Championships in Assago, near Milan, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

American Nathan Chen won the gold medal on Saturday at the 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships.
 
Chen, who landed a six quads, earned a personal best of 219.46 points in his free skate on Saturday (321.40 overall) to clinch his first World medal, securing his title by nearly 48 points. He is the first U.S. man to be World champion since Evan Lysacek accomplished the feat in 2009. 
 
“I’m so happy about this, especially having not the greatest skates at the Olympics and then being able to come not long after and do what I did here,” Chen said.
 
The United States also earned three spots for next year’s World Championships with an 11th place finish by Max Aaron. Vincent Zhou finished 14th.

Aaron and Zhou both train in Colorado Springs.
 
Chen went undefeated during the Grand Prix season, won his second consecutive U.S. title in January and won the bronze medal in the Team Event at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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