Mirai Nagasu: Olympic free skate was 'DWTS' audition; showers too cold


It's no secret figure skater Mirai Nagasu is a hard worker.

Karen Chen fumbled during her routine for the women's short program.

"It seems like there's just a lull in the talent and the consistency and the level of skating that's going on today, " she said.

"I haven't taken a warm shower", Nagasu said, "because there are lot of people on Team USA and I keep trying to take a shower and all the hot water is gone". She traveled four hours last week to attend a Lunar new year party. Who can blame her?

"I saved the team event, with Adam [Rippon] and the Shibutanis", Nagasu said, according to Sports Illustrated.

Dancing with the Stars has announced a shortened all-athlete Season 26 set to premiere in the spring. "It is really rare for me but I enjoyed myself and I thought of this as my audition (for DWTS)".

Tennell, 20, was even shocked by her early fall.

The once-dominant U.S.'s decline in women's figure skating has become a major talking point at these Games, with explanations ranging from the reluctance of Americans to take the kinds of risks rewarded by a new scoring system to how the absence of a transcendent figure such as Michelle Kwan has affected the sport's popularity in the country.

In their post-competition interviews, the skaters-practically professionals at putting on a fearless face-acknowledge their disappointment.

Bradie Tennell, Nagasu and Chen placed ninth, 10th and 11th in the marquee event of the Winter Olympics. Since World War II, at least one American woman finished sixth or higher.

With Moscow training partners Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva expected to win the first gold medal for Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, the United States just hopes for respect after finishing ninth, 10th and 11th on the first day.

Silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva was more effusive.

"The rest of the world just has to catch up", Tennell said.

Alina Zagitova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia performs during the women's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Wednesday Feb. 21 2018
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Nagasu earned a score of 66.93 for her short program and 119.61 for her free skate, for a total score of 186.54. "That's not ideal. I'm working on it".

Chen hung onto her opening triple lutz, but was out of position to do her planned triple toe for a combination. Although she finished third in the 2014 Olympic Qualifiers, she was not one of the three female figure skaters selected to compete in the Games.

But it was after those Olympics, most insiders believe, that the US began to fall behind. "And things happen, we're all human".

"We desperately need more research that is skating-specific in order to improve the biomechanics and technique of jumps, the construction of skating boots and blades and training regimens", said Flatt, who graduated from Stanford three years ago with a degree in biology.

Ever since I saw the movie, "I, Tonya", I've been obsessed figure skating - particularly the triple axel jump.

Of course, she is the first skater to perform.

Obviously medals matter, but the American ladies performance in figure skating is nothing to sniff at. To be honest, when I first came here I didn't know what to expect.

"Today wasn't quite the performance I was going for but I have such a newfound respect for the Olympians all around me". Let's look at what's really going on here. - Two different vertebrae were affected so her mother made her wear the back brace all day long.

"We tried to call and FaceTime each other as much as possible". It is highly unlikely she attempts to complete another Olympic cycle and was already the oldest member of the American women's contingent here.

"And I haven't felt it yet", she laughed. She became the first woman in history to land a triple axel in Olympic competition during the event.

Just before the short program competition, Mirai, Karen and Bradie all sat down for a press conference where the younger two opened up about how Mirai has inspired them on, and off the ice - especially with that triple axel.

Nagasu certainly played a big role in helping the US win bronze in the team skating competition earlier in the games.

The first skater for Team USA on Tuesday will be Tennell, who is expected to take the ice first around 8:08 p.m. ET. "... Maybe it won't be enough for another person, or maybe someone else could have done a better job".

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