Coming into the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, American figure skater Nathan Chen, known as the “Quad King,” was the favorite.

Chen’s first skating instructor Stephanee Grosscup told the New York Post of the 18-year-old:

“He’s absolutely rewritten the history books. He’s set the bar higher. Someone always has to do it in all sports. Someone will always push that boundary. He’s already pushed the sport to new levels.”

Quadruple jumps, otherwise known as quads, are when a skater rotates four times in the air before landing. It’s one of the most difficult moves in the sport, and Chen has the ability to land multiple quads in one performance.

Unfortunately, Chen’s first two Olympic skates failed to impress, leaving him in 14th place in the individual men’s competition before his final performance.

Then came that last free skate, and the Nathan Chen everyone ranted and raved about showed up.

Chen didn’t do just one quad, but he attempted a total of six quads in his one routine, landing five of them. The performance was one for the history books.

Chen is now the first man to attempt six quads in a single performance, the first man to land five quads in a single performance, and has received the highest-ever technical score at an Olympic game.

And because of that, despite being in 14th place going into the free skate, Chen’s historical performance put him in a position for a comeback no one thought was possible.

Even figure skating legend Kristi Yamaguchi called his performance “inhuman”:

In the end, Chen’s total score of 297.35 still wasn’t good enough to get him to the podium, placing him fifth overall. But still, talk about a comeback.

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