In a post on Team USA’s Instagram, Karen Chen revealed that her costume was actually made by her mother who, in making it, put “blood, sweat, and tears into it.” Chen also said she had a small part in making the costume as well: “I do like 10 percent and by 10 percent I just tell her like, ‘Oh that looks good.'”
Chen also pointed out her favorite thing her mom did with the costume, one of the details that ties her costume to her routine. “She […] strategically picked the stones and arranged them in a way so it looks like a butterfly because [for] my free program I’m skating to a ‘Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto’ and so I just want to be a pretty butterfly on the ice.”
This is Chen’s second Olympics, having first competed in 2018, and she told People what it is she loves most about the sport: “actually skating to music. I just love working on choreography and different nuances and whatnot and just exploring my artistry.”
Chen will be competing as an individual in the women’s singles short and long programs next week (per NBC Chicago).