Nagasu falls on triple axel in short program

Emilio Banks
February 25, 2018

Kiyoto and Ikuko Nagasu didn't find out their daughter made history until after the dinner rush. Rather, they had their hands full running their sushi restaurant in Arcadia, California. "For sure, they've been working very well". The rest of her performance still turned out flawless, giving her a score of 66.93.

"It's been a long time, it's been since me that there's been a USA lady attempting it and successfully completing it". The setback didn't stop her from reaching Pyeongchang or a spot on Team USA.

Nagasu answered the stories on Twitter, saying "Gotta pay for skating somehow!" All three skaters will face some steep worldwide competition when they begin their short program on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC (live stream).

Zagitova and Medvedeva tied in the free skate, a rare occurrence, but Zagitova had won the short program Wednesday, so she got gold. Sports are evolving. People have determination to keep coming back.

"I just got a little twisted up", Tennell, 20, said of the extra steps in two jumps Thursday. "So, a lot of times, you'll see skaters kind of come around the corner like this", Meissner described as she skated.

"So to become the first to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games is historical, and no one can take that away from me", Nagasu said (via Reuters). "I'm excited to see the evolution. I wish I could land it perfectly every time". I'd love to print some out and put them on my wall.

As often happens in that community, success creates loyal fandom and support from all corners.

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

Like her team-mate Tennell, Nagasu picked herself up and pressed on. You're on a back edge and then get into the jump.

This isn't Nagasu's first round at the Olympics. As part of the United States' team, Tennell won a bronze medal in the Team Event at the 2018 Olympics.

The Russians have come to dominate women's figure skating and they showed it by sweeping the top two medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

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As a child, Nagasu's parents would take her golfing, hoping to hone her skill. "I was sitting in the team box watching Mirai skate, and when she nailed the triple axel, I jumped up screaming".

Nagasu wound up ninth, with her teammates right behind. "The doctor said it was an overuse injury, so just too much impact", Tennell said. When asked if she could remember the last time she fell during a competition, she responded: "No. I stand to show that you don't give up, you keep going". My body just probably can't take another four years, but I'm proud.

Many observers-including Chrissy Teigen, whose mother is from Thailand-expressed concern about Weiss' comments.

But by failing to fall in, the United States has fallen behind.

Then, within seconds of starting her long program, she stepped through the axel, and explained later she hit a rut. She seems to move across the rink in seconds with the force of her jump, and continues to make it look graceful.

GOLDMAN: Five-time Olympian Kikkan Randall has heard the cheers so many times like tonight at Olympic cross-country races, cheers that nearly always ended with a consoling pat on the back.

"This has been a long journey and I want to preserve myself".

"It's incredible", Nagasu said. Prior to Nagasu's success, Tonya Harding had been the only American woman to attempt and complete a triple axel during an worldwide competition. I have so much fun. "You just have to skate the best you can". In five of them, the Olympic champion was an American. There are definitely more on the rise and up and coming. But American fans expect more from their women skaters.

But the reality is, this is something new.

At a news conference after the competition, the top two medalists - both teenagers representing Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation - said the indomitable Kostner had been an inspiration.

Nagasu is one of many Asian Americans at the forefront of the movement.

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