“Michael gave me money to kick-start my young career,” Chen told the paper in a recent interview. “Honestly, without that, it would be impossible for me to get to where I am now.”
Chen also credits his parents -- his mom, especially -- for supporting and shaping his career.
"My family and parents were very influential in my skating career," he said in a statement provided by the US Olympics Committee and NBC Olympics. "My Mom spent most of her free time driving me around, spending time on the ice, and watching me skate. My mother was the most influential person in relation to my career. She was the one who helped me begin skating and help me find my love for the sport, as well as push me through the hard times."