Breaking Stereotypes
Nathan Chen. Photo via icenetwork.com

One of the United States' top hopes for medaling at the Olympics this month has a secret weapon: a serious ballet background.

Figure skating champion Nathan Chen spent six years training at Ballet West as a kid. "The technique there was impeccable," the 18-year-old said in a media teleconference last week. "To have had that at a young age, it definitely helps a lot. I know where to put my arms, how to create the line, how to dance to music."

TV commentators often remark on his artistry, while dance lovers adore his elegant port de bras, épaulement and arabesque line.

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