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Chen, Bell capture Skate America crowns, Canadian Messing earns bronze in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — Nathan Chen found himself in a familiar place Saturday on the top step of the podium.The podium at Skate America, to be precise.The American superstar landed five quadruple jumps over two programs in his first competition in nine months, easily out-distancing Vincent Zhou and the rest of

LAS VEGAS — Nathan Chen found himself in a familiar place Saturday on the top step of the podium.

The podium at Skate America, to be precise.

The American superstar landed five quadruple jumps over two programs in his first competition in nine months, easily out-distancing Vincent Zhou and the rest of the field to win his record-tying fourth straight Skate America.

It also kept intact a streak of victories for Chen that dates to his fifth-place finish at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

“I made quite a few big mistakes in that program, things that I shouldn’t have made mistakes on,” said Chen, whose soaring personal standards left him shrugging at his latest performance. “It is what it is. I’ll learn from it and move forward.”

Canadian Keegan Messing finished third, earning his country’s lone medal of the weekend. It’s an improvement on his 2019 performance where he finished fourth, just outside the podium.

Chen, a two-time world champion, built a big lead in his short program Friday…

The Canadian Press

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