Nathan Chen speaks out after tough start at Olympics

United States' Nathan Chen performs in the men's single short program team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (WTHR) — It's been a tough Olympics so far for figure skater Nathan Chen. He has been noticeably absent from appearances with the rest of the U.S. figure skating team after they won a bronze medal in Sunday's team event.

Chen spoke today for the first time since his disappointing showing last week. He said he's been practicing and renewing his focus, so he's ready for Thursday's competition. He said he's giving his teammates most of the credit for the bronze medal win.

"Honestly with the performance that I did in the team event, it really was because of the efforts of my teammates and the rest of team USA that got me that bronze medal," he said. "So much of the credit is given to them, but it still feels amazing to have that medal."

Chen said he's been talking a lot with friends on FaceTime and watching basketball and Netflix between practices.

Even after all the criticism and headlines saying he "flopped" in his first Olympic competition, he's received hundreds of messages from fans saying they believe in him, which is helpful.