Michelle Kwan jokes about Nathan Chen’s skateboarding across Yale University campus

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Michelle Kwan gave the Spring 2019 Chubb Fellowship Lecture at Yale University on Wednesday, where she said three-time national champion and two-time world champion Nathan Chen, as well 13-year-old U.S. national champion Alysa Liuwere the future of U.S. skating.

“It’s awesome,” she said as part of the audience question-and-answer session. “It’s an incredible time. I see it develop and I see the things that Nathan is doing, I see Alysa who is this incredible 13-year-old who just won. Our future of U.S. Figure Skating is so bright.”

She didn’t think doing a quadruple Lutz jump was “physically possible” until she saw clips of Chen doing them, she said.

Before Chen went to Japan on his spring break to win his second world title, he was featured in the New York Times. One of the most surprising tidbits from the article was that he often used a motorized skateboard to navigate campus.

“I sent Nathan a message because he was skateboarding around campus,” Kwan added with a laugh, as Chen was in the audience. “I was like, ‘be careful!’ I was being the mom, or the grandma. ‘Be careful! You’re the future of U.S. Figure Skating!'”

The full talk is available for replay on YouTube.

Kwan; Nathan Chen; Victoria M. “Vicky” Chun, director of athletics, physical education and recreation; and Ann-Marie Guglieri, deputy athletics director. Michael Marsland/Yale University

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