Feb. 16 (UPI) -- American figure skater Nathan Chen is "not really sure what happened" during his rocky performance Friday in the short program at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Chen -- a medal favorite going into the Games -- failed to cleanly land each of his three required jumps during the disappointing display for the United States. It was his second subpar showing of the Winter Games. The 18-year-old posted a score of 82.27 on Friday, and is in 17th place out of 24 skaters.
He isn't expected to reach the podium. Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu leads the standings after the short program with a score of 111.68. Spain's Javier Fernandez is in second place, while Japan's Shoma Uno is in third.
"Just rough again," Chen told NBC after his performance. "I still need some time to think about it, but it happens I guess. So [I am] just trying to move on from here.
"Regardless, I'm going to be nervous. But I'm not really sure what happened. I was thinking the right things I think. It just wasn't clicking together. Honestly, just take it and move on. I'll just talk to my team. I'm not really sure exactly what to do but just recover and try to prepare myself best for the free."
Chen also struggled during the team event last week, but Friday's debacle included comprehensive errors.
He first fell on a quadruple lutz, before stumbling out of a quadruple toe loop. He missed a second jump to complete the required combination on another jump. He also stepped out of a triple axel landing.
"I've known Nathan since he was 8-years-old," former USA gold medalist figure skater Scott Hamilton told NBC. "He has been at every level, win win win win win win win win."
"It's like a devastating, deep horribly-timed slump."
Chen's Team USA teammate Adam Rippon had 87.95 points and ranks No. 7 in the standings. American Vincent Zhou sits at No. 12.
Chen will compete in the men's singles free program at 8 p.m. Friday.