Nathan Chen's Beijing 2022 short program musical choice is a hit with fans

Amber Peake February 8, 2022
Nathan Chen's Beijing 2022 short program musical choice is a hit with fans
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After Nathan Chen wowed audiences in the men’s short program at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, fans now want to know what music he performed to.

On Tuesday (8 February), Chen skated to the top spot of the men’s short program while securing a world record 113.97 points.

Following his performance, fans are curious to know what music was played during Nathan Chen’s short program. Let’s take a look…

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Nathan Chen’s short program music revealed

In the men’s short program on Tuesday, the Olympian skated to the song La Bohème by French-Armenian singer and lyricist Charles Aznavour.

The track became a signature track for Aznavour, and the song is said to be from the perspective of a painter looking back on their younger years.

La Bohème was offered to Nathan Chen by former Canadian skater and now choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne, who recently told Time she thought the song could show another side to Chen’s skating.

She explained: ‘The passion of that song and the way it’s performed with such soul and truth, I felt it would be something new for Nathan to show his charisma.”

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Fans compliment Chen’s song choice

Some fans who watched Nathan Chen’s short program shared their appreciation for his musical choice on social media:

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A look at Nathan Chen’s career on the ice

Nathan Chen started skating from a young age, with NBC Olympics recently posting a clip of the skater on the ice at just three years old.

Growing up, he planned to make his Olympic debut in 2018, which he achieved as he competed in the PyeongChang 2018 winter games.

At the games, he helped his figure skating team win bronze in the mixed team event. Outside the Olympic games, Chen is also a three-time world champion.

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.