Who's who in the men's figure skating competition

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The team event is done and the pairs competition is in books. Up next in figure skating – the men’s singles event. All three Olympic medalists from the 2014 Sochi games are back, but there’ll also be hungry young athletes looking to take their spots on the podium.

Here are some of the biggest names and medal contenders who’ll vie for gold this year.

<p>Nathan Chen had a rough debut at the Olympics, falling during his short program of the team event. But the American is capable of completing five different types of quadruple jumps and winning the gold medal. </p>
Nathan Chen | USA

Nathan Chen had a rough debut at the Olympics, falling during his short program of the team event. But the American is capable of completing five different types of quadruple jumps and winning the gold medal.

<p>Yuzuru Hanyu is the defending Olympic champion, but suffered an ankle injury in November that could hurt his chances for a medal. He sat out during the team competition to prepare for the men’s singles event. </p>
Yuzuru Hanyu | Japan

Yuzuru Hanyu is the defending Olympic champion, but suffered an ankle injury in November that could hurt his chances for a medal. He sat out during the team competition to prepare for the men’s singles event.

<p>Patrick Chan helped Canada win gold in the team competition by taking fourth and first in the short and free program respectively. He also has two silver medals from the Sochi games. </p>
Patrick Chan | Canada

Patrick Chan helped Canada win gold in the team competition by taking fourth and first in the short and free program respectively. He also has two silver medals from the Sochi games.

<p>Two-time World Champion Javier Fernández finished fourth in 2014 and narrowly missed out on a medal, but he’ll look to change that in PyeongChang. </p>
Javier Fernández | Spain

Two-time World Champion Javier Fernández finished fourth in 2014 and narrowly missed out on a medal, but he’ll look to change that in PyeongChang.

<p>Denis Ten’s bronze medal in 2014 was Kazhakstan’s first ever of the Olympics. Ten is a two-time World medalist in 2013 and 2015. </p>
Denis Ten | Kazakhstan

Denis Ten’s bronze medal in 2014 was Kazhakstan’s first ever of the Olympics. Ten is a two-time World medalist in 2013 and 2015.

<p>Mikhail Kolyada had a disastrous short program in the team event and fell again in the free program. The first time Olympian will try to bounce back in the individual event. </p>
Mikhail Kolyada | Olympic Athlete of Russia

Mikhail Kolyada had a disastrous short program in the team event and fell again in the free program. The first time Olympian will try to bounce back in the individual event.

<p>17 year-old Vincent Zhou took second at US Nationals despite dislocating his shoulder in training. He finished in third and was named to the Olympic team where he’ll make his debut in the singles event. </p>
Vincent Zhou | USA

17 year-old Vincent Zhou took second at US Nationals despite dislocating his shoulder in training. He finished in third and was named to the Olympic team where he’ll make his debut in the singles event.

<p>Adam Rippon has been one of the media stars of the 2018 Olympics and gained more attention after helping Team USA win bronze in the team event. Rippon took out his quad in favor of a skating a clean program, but expect him to add it back in during the individual event. </p>
Adam Rippon | USA

Adam Rippon has been one of the media stars of the 2018 Olympics and gained more attention after helping Team USA win bronze in the team event. Rippon took out his quad in favor of a skating a clean program, but expect him to add it back in during the individual event.

<p>Shoma Uno is another Japanese figure skater expected to medal in PyeongChang. He took home silver at the 2017 World Championships and stepped in for an injured Yuzuru Hanyu during team event earlier this week. </p>
Shoma Uno | Japan

Shoma Uno is another Japanese figure skater expected to medal in PyeongChang. He took home silver at the 2017 World Championships and stepped in for an injured Yuzuru Hanyu during team event earlier this week.

<p>Dmitri Aliev is one of the youngest competitors in the field at just 18 years old, but he’s already taken silver at the 2018 European Championships ahead of teammate and fellow Olympian Mikhail Kolyada. </p>
Dmitri Aliev | Olympic Athlete of Russia

Dmitri Aliev is one of the youngest competitors in the field at just 18 years old, but he’s already taken silver at the 2018 European Championships ahead of teammate and fellow Olympian Mikhail Kolyada.

<p>Jin Boyang opted to sit out of the team event along with China’s top pairs team to rest for the individual event. He was the first skater to ever land a quad lutz-triple toe loop combination in international competition and the first to land four quad jumps in one free skate. </p>
Jin Boyang | China

Jin Boyang opted to sit out of the team event along with China’s top pairs team to rest for the individual event. He was the first skater to ever land a quad lutz-triple toe loop combination in international competition and the first to land four quad jumps in one free skate.

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