Karen Chen (born August 16, 1999) is an American figure skater. She is the 2017 U.S. national champion and won bronze medals at two ISU Challenger Series events and at 2015 and 2018 U.S. Nationals. She placed 4th at the 2017 World Championships, helping Team USA secure three berths for the 2018 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships.
Karen Chen was born in Fremont, California. Her parents moved to the United States from Taiwan. She has a younger brother, Jeffrey, who is also a figure skater. She is studying at home through Connections Academy. She is mentored by 1992 Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who shares a hometown with her. Chen published a memoir titled Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice in November 2017, in which she revealed that she suffers from spondylolisthesis.
Chen began learning to skate in 2005. She won gold on the national intermediate level in 2011 and then gold competing as a novice in 2012. The following season, she competed on the junior level at the 2013 U.S. Championships, placing fourth. She made her international debut at the 2013 Gardena Spring Trophy where she won gold on the novice level.