첸, who will go into February’s Beijing Games once again as a favorite, said he now realizes that every competition is an opportunity to show the work he has been putting into his craft.
“I have a limited number of competitions in my life and I want to make the most out of every one and try to enjoy myself the best I can,” 그는 말했다.
“I find that when I’m able to adopt that mentality, I’m able to skate a lot better or at least put myself in a position where I feel a lot more relaxed and can enjoy it rather than worrying about what the outcome will be.”
Chen has also become more outspoken on social issues like voting rights and racial inequality since his last Games.
“The last four years have given me a lot of opportunities to learn more about what’s going on in the world. I’ve spent my entire life since I was three years old basically in an ice rink,” 그는 말했다.
“But fortunately I was also able to go to college starting in 2018 and that gave me a little more exposure of what the real world is like,” 그는 말했다.
“It’s great to be able to at least figure out yourself and where you belong and how you can create whatever positive influence you can.”