Karen Chen: Exceptionally Talented Figure Skater Talks About Her Workout, Diet and Her Success Story

Karen Chen is an American figure skater. She is a two-time CS U.S. Classic bronze medalist (2016, 2017), the 2015 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb bronze medalist, the 2017 U.S. national champion, and a three-time U.S. national bronze medalist (2015, 2018, 2021). Chen competed at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She has also competed at seven ISU Championships, achieving her best result, fourth, at two World Championships (2017, 2021). She also won four medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix series, including gold at the 2013 JGP Slovakia.

At the 2021 U.S. Championships, Chen was fourth. She placed third in the free skate, as a result, she earned the bronze medal, her third bronze at the U.S. Championships and her fifth medal overall.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Karen Chen, an American figure skater and Winner of 2017 U.S. national championship, and a three-time U.S. national bronze medalist who talk about her workout, diet and her success story.

Namita Nayyar:

You began ice skating at the young age of four and have excelled in making it your career ever since. Walk us through your spectacular journey and tell us what drew you towards this sport?

Karen Chen:

Growing up I was such a shy kid, so my parents encouraged me to try new things. Skating was the only thing that stuck. I loved it so much, because when I was on the ice I felt free and all my “shy girl senses” melted away. My career has been full of ups and downs, but regardless, my passion for this sport was strong, so I was willing to make all the sacrifices necessary to accomplish my goals.

Namita Nayyar:

“I am proud of myself for the last competition of the season. Ending on a high note is exactly what I wanted to do.” Having won several awards and championships, 5 years from now, what are your goals?

Karen Chen:

This past season is one that I felt the most accomplished; I would even go so far and say it would tie or even beat the year I made the Olympic Team or won my National title. The reason is because I had such a rough season the year before (a stress fracture that took my out for the whole season) and that I decided to take on a full course load at Cornell University, so I knew I was pushing my limits and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to manage it well.

Since I proved to myself that I am capable to fighting through challenges, I know that these next 5 years are going to be full of surprises. Although I prefer setting short term goals, without a doubt, making the Olympic Team again is on my list.

Namita Nayyar:

Introduce us to a day in your life. One morning ritual you love to follow.

Karen Chen:

I am a morning person. I really enjoy having a peaceful morning before starting my daily grind, whether it is for school or for skating. Every morning, as soon as I wake up, I make myself an almond milk latte to sip on as I do my skin

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