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Next up for Salt Lake City skating star Nathan Chen: a spot in Joe Biden’s inaugural parade

Virtual “Parade Across America” will feature performers, representatives from all U.S. states and territories.

(John Locher | AP) Nathan Chen performs during the men's free skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Las Vegas. This week he will participate in the virtual parade for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Fresh from winning his fifth straight U.S. figure skating title, Salt Lake City native Nathan Chen will leap back into the national spotlight this week for another crowning event: the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The inaugural committee has announced that Chen will join fellow U.S. Olympians — sprinter Allyson Felix and swimmer Katie Ledecky — as participants in Wednesday’s virtual “Parade Across America.”

Scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. MST after Biden’s swearing-in, the parade will take place virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. It will feature diverse performers and highlight American heroes from all 50 states and a handful of U.S. territories.

“By lifting up voices from all walks of life, in every corner of our country,” committee chair Tony Allen said in a news release, “we want the first moments of the Biden-Harris administration to be a celebration of an inclusive, resilient united America.”

On Sunday in Las Vegas, the 21-year-old Chen again claimed the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, easily topping the rest of the field despite an early slip in his free-skate program.

Wednesday’s parade will be livestreamed at https://BidenInaugural.org/watch and on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch.

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