78 Nathan Chen Quotes for self-improvement

Nathan Chen is an American figure skater who is the 2022 Olympic champion and three-time World champion in 2018, 2019, 2021. He is also a three-time Grand Prix Final champion in 2017, 2018, 2019, and six-time U.S. national champion from 2017 to 2022.

At the junior level, Chen is the 2015–16 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, 2013–14 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and 2014 World Junior bronze medalist.

He also helped the U.S. Olympic team win the bronze medal in the 2018 team event, and the silver medal in the 2022 team event. Find here the list of 78 Nathan Chen motivational quotes to find some motivation.

Nathan Chen Inspirational Quotes

1. “Every competition is different… You can’t plan for everything that happens.” ― Nathan Chen

2. “I’ve always had Russian coaches.” ― Nathan Chen

3. “I think doing a quint is very, very difficult.” ― Nathan Chen

4. “Maybe it’s innate: I have a body built to jump.” ― Nathan Chen

5. “I want to do something in medicine, for sure. I don’t know what, exactly, that entails, but something along those lines.” ― Nathan Chen

6. “There are always things that I can improve on.” ― Nathan Chen

7. “I start in the morning with something like a breakfast burrito and a smoothie, something that gives me enough protein and carbs to start my day.” ― Nathan Chen

8. “In terms of, like, interviews, I used to struggle a lot with interviews; I never knew what to say.” ― Nathan Chen

9. “Netflix isn’t available internationally all the time, but the NBA is. It’s nice to have something that feels like home.” ― Nathan Chen

10. “Every day’s a new day.” ― Nathan Chen

11. “Regardless of what I do, no matter how good it is, it’s never, in my mind, ‘flawless.’” ― Nathan Chen

12. “Personally, I feel like there should be some sort of cap on the quads, but we should still be pushing it to a certain number.” ― Nathan Chen

13. “I genuinely dislike sequins.” ― Nathan Chen

14. “I’m the baby for sure. My siblings are looking out for me, making sure I’m not doing something stupid. They are making sure my head is set straight and that I’m a good person outside of skating and inside of it, too.” ― Nathan Chen

15. “A lot of the things I do outside the rink are just to relax and recover. We spend so much time at the rink, so it’s nice to decompress a little.” ― Nathan Chen

16. “I just like to keep pushing myself and the sport.” ― Nathan Chen

17. “I can’t decide the results, but I can still put my best foot forward and try the best I can.” ― Nathan Chen

18. “An artistic standpoint – I’ve watched a lot of ballet and source some inspiration from how they move, connect with each other, and find meaning in their movement.” ― Nathan Chen

19. “If the jump is perfect, you come out, and you feel like you took a three-pointer in basketball or doing the perfect thing in whatever your sport is. You just get that adrenaline rush, a sense of satisfaction, like you want to do it again and again.” ― Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen Quotes on Olympic

20. “It’s been a dream of mine to be selected on the U.S. Olympic team as long as I can remember.” ― Nathan Chen

21. “There are always benefits and good things, bad things that come out of every performance.” ― Nathan Chen

22. “I began skating when I was 3. It was during 2002, the year the Olympics were held in Salt Lake City.” ― Nathan Chen

23. “The Olympics have really motivated me, ever since I started skating as a little kid.” ― Nathan Chen

24. “Triples are hard. The triple axel is just not my jump. Quads are really my thing.” ― Nathan Chen

25. “I want to get another Olympic medal outside the team event.” ― Nathan Chen

26. “Sometimes thinking about the Olympics makes me a little nervous.” ― Nathan Chen

27. “Just being here at the Olympics is pretty incredible in itself. Seeing the unity of the athletes and to see how everyone has worked so hard to get here – and we are all so excited to be here – it’s awesome to be able to experience it.” ― Nathan Chen

28. “There are always times when you don’t want to go to the rink, or you don’t want to do all the things you’re supposed to do. Sometimes you’re exhausted, or it’s been a long week, but I always remind myself that this is my Olympic dream and the passion, because I love the sport very much.” ― Nathan Chen

29. “Once I really understood what skating was and what the Olympic really entailed, I knew that’s what I wanted to do: I wanted to be there; I wanted to represent the U.S.” ― Nathan Chen

30. “It’s reassuring knowing that people are supporting me and want to know more about me. It comes with being the national champion and making the Olympic team. I think that it’s telling me I’m on the right path.” ― Nathan Chen

31. “I began skating in the official practice venue of the 2002 Games. It was a huge Olympic atmosphere with Apollo Ohno sitting on the wall every day when I walked into the rink. That was really cool and very inspiring to see.” ― Nathan Chen

32. “The Olympics really started motivating me from the very start. That was my dream from the very beginning.” ― Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen Skater Quotes

33. “I want to be a full-package skater.” ― Nathan Chen

34. “I really wanted to play hockey. My mom thought figure skates looked easier to use, so she put me in the learn-to-skate program.” ― Nathan Chen

35. “Skating is a very beautiful sport, and I love watching new programs.” ― Nathan Chen

36. “I think that ballet and skating definitely go hand in hand, especially growing up at Ballet West, which is an incredible academy.” ― Nathan Chen

37. “I love skating. It’s part of my life, and I never wanted to give it up.” ― Nathan Chen

38. “My skating career won’t last forever.” ― Nathan Chen

39. “I do very scientific-based training. However, for skating, that’s a little bit out of the ordinary. Many skaters base their off-ice training around plyometrics, whereas mine is very strength- and power-based.” ― Nathan Chen

40. “Like my parents taught me, never give up, and always love what you do.” ― Nathan Chen

41. “Skating in itself is a difficult sport, and the amazing athletes within the sport are very challenging.” ― Nathan Chen

42. “Ever since I was a younger skater, I’ve been working my way to these big jumps.” ― Nathan Chen

43. “There are a lot of skaters that I look up to, and I think my biggest skating role models were the two Russian competitors at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. They really motivated me to follow my passion for skating, and it really blossomed from there.” ― Nathan Chen

44. “Ever since I started skating, making the Olympic team was my ultimate dream. It’s what has inspired and motivated me throughout my entire career.” ― Nathan Chen

45. “That’s something I’m actually very interested in doing, helping young skaters.” ― Nathan Chen

46. “I’ve skated after Yuzu a handful of times. The only thing I can take away from it is to be prepared for the Pooh-bears to be raining down from the audience.” ― Nathan Chen

47. “Skating is a sport that I found a lot of interest in from a very, very young age. Ultimately, I think that being on the ice, being in the cold, trying things, and challenging myself in different ways is something that made me really interested in skating.” ― Nathan Chen

48. “Largely, I began skating because I wanted stuff to do outside of school. My mom decided to put me into figure skating.” ― Nathan Chen

49. “I don’t think the demographic for skating really entails a lot of basketball watching.” ― Nathan Chen

50. “When I watch my skating when I was younger, I definitely see all this balletic movement and this artistry come through.” ― Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen Life Motivational Quotes

51. “I would love to be working in a hospital or in a completely different realm, working with or exploring the lives of animals.” ― Nathan Chen

52. “I have my own life to live.” ― Nathan Chen

53. “I’ve been working on it a lot, trying to find the artistic balance, trying to find purpose in my movement combined with the jumps.” ― Nathan Chen

54. “My training and ballet background definitely gives me a competitive edge on the ice.” ― Nathan Chen

Family support Quotes by Nathan Chen

55. “As a family, we are all intrinsically motivated.” ― Nathan Chen

56. “My family and parents were very influential in my skating career.” ― Nathan Chen

57. “I think my parents felt us being a minority a little bit more than I did, and they tried to shelter me from that so I didn’t feel it at all.” ― Nathan Chen

58. “I have a very close family. I have four older siblings: two brothers and two sisters.” ― Nathan Chen

59. “My parents did not come to the U.S. with much; they had a lot of hardship.” ― Nathan Chen

60. “Really, I’m just a normal kid.” ― Nathan Chen

61. “I think my parents felt us being a minority a little bit more than I did, and they tried to shelter me from that so I didn’t feel it at all.” ― Nathan Chen

62. “My parents always wanted the very best for me and pushed me further and further, so that stuck with me.” ― Nathan Chen

63. “My parents always enforce the idea of never giving up upon all of my siblings and me, and I think that’s something that will stick with me my whole life.” ― Nathan Chen

64. “I celebrate my hardworking parents and all the opportunities they gave me.” ― Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen Quotes for Improvement

65. “It’s crazy how fast time flies and how things progress.” ― Nathan Chen

66. “Half of learning a new element is just getting over the fear of doing it. Once you mentally prepare yourself enough to do the jump, that is really half the battle.” ― Nathan Chen

67. “Never give up. There are always tough times, regardless of what you do in anything in life. Be able to push through those times and maintain your ultimate goal.” ― Nathan Chen

68. “Honestly, I am human. I make mistakes.” ― Nathan Chen

69. “I never got to go to prom or homecoming or a lot of the typical teenage stuff. But, if you think about it, I’ve gotten to go and meet different people and travel all over the world.” ― Nathan Chen

70. “Every day is a new day, and ultimately, I have to figure out what works each day.” ― Nathan Chen

71. “As a kid growing up, I didn’t want to tell any of my classmates I did figure-skating because I knew they’d be like, ‘Oh, you’re a skater, you’re gay, blah blah blah.’ So I kept it to myself. Once I started getting to more of an elite level, I didn’t really care what people thought, though.” ― Nathan Chen

72. “I try to get as close to 10 hours of sleep each night, as sleep is the best form of recovery.” ― Nathan Chen

73. “I have confidence in how I’ve trained and prepared myself. I’ve dreamed about the Olympics for a long time, and it would be kind of silly and a waste to freak myself out.” ― Nathan Chen

74. “We were all just taught to work as hard as we could, use these opportunities to advance, and just really appreciate all that we had.” ― Nathan Chen

75. “It’s like you get a high off the jumps, and you crave it, and you want to do it again and again and again.” ― Nathan Chen

76. “You have to have passion for what you do, or else it’s difficult when the going gets tough.” ― Nathan Chen

77. “I like the challenge and instant gratification of landing a new jump or learning a new element. That made me fall in love with the sport.” ― Nathan Chen

78. “It’s something I have to remind myself about, that at every competition, I put a lot of pressure on myself, almost like it’s the end of the world, and I have to keep reminding myself it’s not.” ― Nathan Chen

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