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Figure skating: Chen overcomes sickness, ready to defend title
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Mar 16, 2019 1:40 AM 1+ week ago

(Reuters) - Sickness forced Nathan Chen to train in New Haven but the 19-year-old says he is rested and ready to defend his figure skating title at next week's world championships in Saitama.

Chen, who last year became the youngest world champion since Russian Yevgeni Plushenko in 2001, had his preparation for a follow up derailed a bit by a cold that kept him near his college at Yale University.

"I got a little bit sick so I decided to recover (in New Haven) and make sure I didn't get any of the other athletes sick," Chen told reporters during a teleconference on Friday.

"The entire college got sick, so it was inevitable. I've been training well for worlds. I'm looking forward to competition."

Chen showed strong form at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships where he took a third consecutive gold in January.

"That's always my goal every season. I want to be able to improve in some degree from ...

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