Team USA captures bronze in figure skating team event

  • Team USA captures bronze in figure skating team event

Team USA captures bronze in figure skating team event

Canada finished on 73 points, with OAR on 66 and the United States a further four points behind. Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation was second with 66. But equally impressive might have been the team in third with 62, and how it got there.

Mirai Nagasu is a native of Arcadia in southern California. "I think because we have so many backward takeoff jumps, the axel is a little bit harder", Nagasu said in a video for The Players' Tribune, which followed her training to complete the triple axel. "He told me that I need to win two medals here, one for "Nastia" and one for him".

"I can", Nagasu said, "and I want to". "The other day I was joking to one of my friends".

Despite her flawless execution, however, the American team took home the bronze medal, behind the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation who placed second, and Canada who won team skate gold.

Although she finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Nagasu wasn't part of the US figure skating team that headed to Sochi in 2014: She came in third at the national championships, but in a committee decision, the spot on the team was given to the fourth-place victor, Ashley Wagner. Nagasu will compete next on February 20, and her skating club is already hosting a viewing party.

Nagasu still has some business to take care of before she can hit the dance floor: The ladies' competition is next week, where she plans to include the triple axel in both her short and free programs. The only other American woman to complete the jump in an global competition was Tonya Harding, at the 1991 world championships.

Four years ago, figure skater Mirai Nagasu narrowly missed a spot on Team U.S.A. for the Sochi Olympic Games.

Add Nagasu to the list. But she stuck with it, and when it came time to land it in her program, she went for it, stumbling badly, but still received credit for it. With a new, even more sequined costume, 28-year-old Rippon got on the ice for his Olympic debut and told himself, "Baby, you better keep it together".

On Monday in Pyeongchang at the Winter Olympics, Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu became breakout starts for the U.S.

Mirai grew up hanging out at her parents' restaurant, and said earlier this year that her father "is a very creative type of person, so he has rolls that make no sense to most people familiar with sushi".

Also for her ideal skate on Olympic Ice! His name trended worldwide on Twitter Sunday night. Congratulations...tears of joy for you again!