BEIJING – KSL’s Alex Cabrero had another chance to talk to Nathan Chen after his gold medal performance in men’s figure skating in Beijing. This time, they discussed Nathan’s efforts to bring the Games back to Utah.
alexander“Nathan, I have to ask you, it’s been 24 hours, I know you’ve been getting this question many times, but do you feel relaxed? Does this sound like what you’ve always dreamed of? »
Nat: “It’s really amazing, but yeah, I mean, I don’t know, I still need more time to process everything, but it was great to be able to connect with people, and everyone has been so loving and supportive over the past 24 hours, and it’s been a lot of fun.
alexander“I know you’ve always said you want to enjoy this time, and it seems like you’re really enjoying it. Just chatting, your shoulders are down, you’re relaxed. In 10 years, you don’t want to looking back and hating that experience.
Nat“Absolutely. Yes exactly. I mean, at this point, you know, I’ve already done most of what I can do to benefit from this experience. And, you know, of course, now that I’m not not competing, I can support the rest of my team and support the rest of Team USA to the best of my ability. And it will be a lot of fun to do. And, yes, do everything I can to keep enjoying this experience.
alexander: “The 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake were so important to you – it may have made you think about the whole thing – and now you are part of the committee to bring the Games back to Salt Lake City. You want to offer this chance and this opportunity, this dream, to the next person to come.
Nat“Absolutely. I mean, the 2002 Games were great for the community of Salt Lake City. And I know firsthand, you know, what an Olympic Games and a venue can do for the next generation of athletes. in this place. So to be able to have this opportunity – we have the infrastructure, we have everything ready, basically, for Games, and Salt Lake is fully equipped for other Olympic Games. So it would be wonderful to to have the opportunity to bring the Games back to Salt Lake City, and really, to promote a lot for the community and the next generation of athletes.
alexander“I know you got some questions about ’26 Milan. What about 2030? Want to skate in Salt Lake in 2030?
Nat“I mean, if it’s 2030, I might make a reappearance. No, just kidding. I don’t know. Honestly, at that time, you know, if we can just bring it back to Salt Lake, that will be, you know, the main focus. Yeah, I have no idea where my skating career will take me, but I’m really happy right now.