Nathan Chen Wins Fifth Straight U.S. Title

Chen becomes the first man since iconic Dick Button to win five straight U.S. titles.

Reigning U.S. champion Nathan Chen (Salt Lake Figure Skating) won his fifth straight U.S. title Sunday afternoon, becoming the first man to accomplish the feat since Dick Button won his fifth title in 1950. Chen earned 208.36 points in Sunday’s free skate to total 322.28 points at the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. 
“[Winning my fifth straight title] means the world to me,” he said. “[Dick Button] is a true skating icon. It feels incredible to be trying to chase something that someone like that has done. I’m nowhere near the level that he was at, but it’s cool to be mentioned in his realm.” 
Vincent Zhou (SC of San Francisco) medaled at his fifth consecutive U.S. Championships, earning the silver medal with 291.38 total points. Zhou scored 183.59 points for Sunday afternoon’s free skate. 
Jason Brown (Skokie Valley SC) medaled at his third straight U.S. Championships, earning bronze with a 176-point free skate for 276.92 total points. Yaroslav Paniot (All Year FSC) finished fourth with 266.97 total points. 
Chen was the final of four champions that were crowned this week. Bradie Tennell (Skokie Valley SC) won the ladies title on Friday night, while Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (Lansing SC) took the ice dance crown and Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier (DuPage FSC/All Year FSC) were atop the podium in pairs. 

The 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships will continue next week with Junior level competition. Fans can watch every skater live on Peacock Premium. Fans can also visit U.S. Figure Skating’s virtual fan experience here.