Three-time World champion Nathan Chen will bring back his 2019-2020 season’s programs at the upcoming 2022 U.S. Championships – programs that produced his personal best scores, and the current world records for both the free skate score and the total score.
Chen’s short program will again be to La Bohème by Charles Aznavour – choreographed by Shae-Lynn Bourne – and his free skate program will be the Elton John medley – a mixture of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocketman, and Bennie and the Jets – choreographed by Marie-France Dubreuil and Samuel Chouinard.
The 22-year-old American figure skater competed with the programs at, and won, the 2019 Skate America, the 2019 Internationaux de France, the 2019-2020 International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Final (where he beat his personal best scores and set the current world record scores), and the 2020 U.S. Championships. He never performed the routines at the World Championships, as the event was cancelled due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Originally, Chen intended to try these programs at the 2021-2022 ISU Grand Prix Final but following the cancellation, due to the new variant of the coronavirus – the national championships will be somewhat of a test for five-time U.S. national champion. Chen did not confirm whether he will use these programs at the 2022 Winter Olympics as well.
Nathan Chen performing short program at the 2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix Final:
Nathan Chen performing free skate at the 2019-2020 ISU Grand Prix Final:
The short program he used at the start of this season was set to a combination of Eternity and Nemesis by Benjamin Clementine, while his free skate program was to Piano Concerto No. 23 and Lacrimosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With them, Chen won a bronze medal at Skate America in the second half of October – his first non-gold medal at an individual event since the 2018 Winter Olympics – and then won gold at Skate Canada International the following week.