He's an NBA super fan
Chen even has a secret Twitter account to follow NBA news without his TL being clogged with skating news. He spoke to The Wall Street Journal about his opinions on top NBA stars.
On Russell Westbrook: “To see him charging -- he doesn’t give a shit. I just really like that attitude, and it’s something I try to emulate on the ice. Ignore the distraction, and go do what you want.”
On LeBron: “He’s the GOAT. Just year after year after year, game after game, he’s consistently amazing. That consistency is something I strive for. It’s really inspiring for me to watch that.”
On Steph Curry: “He’s just a god. Not from this planet.”
He's a mama's boy
“My family and parents were very influential in my skating career,” he said in 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.”
He's fighting back after hip surgery
“I was injured last season after the US championships. This injury required immediate surgery and took me off the ice for around 5 months,” he said in the statement. “This took me off the World Team, so it was mentally difficult. Fortunately, this was not a career ending injury or an injury that needed years to heal. I had a great support team behind me that helped me every step of the way back onto the ice and seemingly, in no time I was back to full training.”
He eats like an 18 year-old
“Since I am still young, I don't have an extremely strict nutrition plan. I have a relatively organized nutrition schedule, completely in thanks to my mom who organizes my meals for the day. I eat 2 major meals, breakfast and dinner, and tend to eat lots of small sides throughout the day to keep me fueled. I love desserts, especially Hershey's chocolate. I also love sushi and Japanese food. Food is my favorite in general,” he said, per the USOC.
He’s got some Jack Johnson vibes
“My brother and I both play guitar. That is something fun and relaxing. Otherwise, we mostly relax by the beach and give ourselves time to recover,” Chen said in an interview with Parade.