Nagasu previously made history at this year when she became the first USA woman to land the triple axel at the Winter Olympics. Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva are expected to claim gold and silver in some order in Pyeongchang, and they spent Wednesday swapping the world record for a short program, each finishing more than 15 points ahead of Nagasu - the top American in ninth place.
Mirai Nagasu said she felt like she already won the Olympics by landing a triple Axel in the team event last week.
For now, though, she is processing her time at the Olympics.
Sure, Nathan Chen did rebound from a dismal short program to have the highest-scoring free skate in the men's Olympic program. "There are moments where it'll hit me and I'll be like, 'Wow, three months ago I was nobody and now I'm US champion, '" she said after winning the national title.
The more the world gets to know her, the more it loves her, too, and the more it roots for her to somehow crack the podium by the time Friday's free skate concludes. We were about to lose our medal, ' she said. She placed second with a a score of 137.53 and was able to push Team USA into third place, earning them a bronze medal.
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The 24-year-old finished fourth in Vancouver in 2010 and was controversially left off the 2014 team. She finished in tenth place.
There are 30 women set to skate in the short program.
With so much change, said Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, people do not develop a strong rooting interest, and the rivalries that generate buzz fail to materialize. Once Nagasu returns, it's likely you'll spot her eating at her parent's restaurant.
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"I found an incredible high level in my skating that I thought wasn't possible and I found. passion for the sport that I thought was not possible", she added. "I didn't know what the media was going to be like, I didn't know what the ice was going to be like, I didn't have an idea of what the village was going to be like, so it was all so brand new and all so different".
This might be unpleasant to read, but many others in the field encountered the same obstacles she did. She said she missed her dogs. She spent most of the past couple of years injured, and did not participate in some of the biggest competitions. "They're doing all the jumps at a much younger age, and that's what is going to help get the American women back on the world scene".
"For us, Italy placing fourth in the team event with all these big strong nations was such an fantastic accomplishment". "And things happen, we're all human". Prior to Nagasu's success, Tonya Harding had been the only American woman to attempt and complete a triple axel during an global competition.
Medvedeva won the short program in the Olympic team competition last week.
What Zagitova did to win gold - putting all of her jumps in the second half of her programs for 10 percent bonuses for each jump - is simply not possible, the U.S.' most daring jumper said.
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