Watch women's individual short program online

25 February, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Rita Burton
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Mirai Nagasu skating at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"I'm trying to close the gap", she said with a smile, "as little as I can".

That's the kind of rhetoric expected of an overfed and overpaid newspaper columnist, not an Olympic champion. The result was a 4 a.m. wakeup for her Olympic short program. "Many did not understand why she wouldn't pull through because it was in her home country, and she said you will strongly feel when it is time to stop".

The trio US women are well off the pace and need a big rally in their free skates to avoid the worst showing by the American contingent in Olympic history. First Medvedeva broke the record she'd set the week before during the team competition, then Zagitova broke that record.

While training for the Pyeongchang Olympic Games, Nagasu worked as an ice girl for the National Hockey League team, the Colorado Avalanche. She traveled four hours last week to attend a Lunar new year party. She calls Medvedeva her all-time favorite skater whom she studies on YouTube videos.

Vincent Zhou, who became the first skater to land a quad lutz at the Olympics, described Nagasu as "the hardest worker I know".

By the way, if ABC is looking for a contestant for the next season of "Dancing With the Stars", she is available. "I thought of this as my audition for 'Dancing With the Stars, '" she said, according to ESPN.

She wrote her grandfather's initials, "D.K." and a heart on her helmet during competition. They also note the career-shortening effect of the emphasis on athleticism over artistry: gone are the days of any top skater winning nine straight national championships as Michelle Kwan did in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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

Bradie Tennell finished ninth, Mirai Nagasu came in 10th and Karen Chen finished in 11th place. Skaters migrate to certain coaches, such Rafael Arutyunyan or Karen Chen's coach, Tammy Gambill, in Riverside.

Chen, the 2017 national champion who was fourth at last year's world championships, was the only USA woman who did not smile when she finished her program.

"It's no excuse", she said. She will enter the long program with 64.01 points. "That's not ideal. I'm working on it".

Her teammate Mirai Nagasu also fell on her opening jump, a triple axel. She was not among the three US skaters chosen to compete in ladies singles in the 2014 Winter Olympics despite finishing third at the national championship.

But it was after those Olympics, most insiders believe, that the US began to fall behind.

The 18-year-old Chen dropped a place, from 10th to 11th. "But it was a fight, and I did my triple triple, and managed to do the loop as well". In fact, she was the only USA woman to medal at the event. Obviously, U.S. women's figure skating's struggles did not start in PyeongChang.

"Both my husband and I lost our fathers at a very young age", said Lauren's mom, Alison. "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". She met with her mother, so she could sew a hairpiece into her bun.

"At school I'm the only figure skater that's at that level here", said Eccarius.

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