Stop Saying the American Women's Figure Skaters Did Poorly at the Olympics

Erica Roy
February 25, 2018

Tennell began skating at age two, and has had the same coach, Denise Myers for 10 years. Medvedeva was the world's best skater for two straight seasons until her younger training partner Zagitova beat her at the European Championships last month.

"It's kind of amusing, but kind of sad", Chen said.

"I don't have the strength to do that", said Nagasu, a 24-year-old veteran. In fact, when the skater performed her historic triple axel, the parents were working the dinner rush at their restaurant, Kiyosuzu. She famously was passed up for the United States team that year despite finishing third at nationals. Never mind her ability to hang around into her second decade - she's competed in 10 U.S. nationals - that she has continued to improve and evolve in such a dramatic way is all but unprecedented in a sport that skews younger and younger every year.

Tennell said she doesn't remember the last time she fell during a competition.

Nagasu also received a bit of adorable support from US figure skater Adam Rippon, even before her fall. "We went to the Team USA House on the lunar holiday, and it took four hours just to get to the mountain", she said. Sometimes I just over-jump. "Even the best skaters make mistakes. I thought of this as my audition for "Dancing With the Stars, '" she said before adding later, "I would like to be on 'Dancing With the Stars" because I want to be a star". "She's got her glitter and relay socks on, and there is just no stopping Jessie Diggins when she has her socks and glitter on".

This won't be the first time Tennell or Nagasu have touched the Olympic ice, they both competed in the team event where they earned bronze medals.

The same three USA women have been selected to compete next month at the world championshps in Milan, and Tennell plans to continue skating beyond that.

That disappointment was bitter, as relayed many times by Nagasu's BFF and fellow Pyeongchang media darling Rippon, similarly on the outside of the Sochi Games looking in.

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MIRAI NAGASU: I wish I could land it perfectly every time. I'm one of those athletes.

Some read the remark as lighthearted humor - and plenty genuinely loved the idea of seeing her on the show.

They are so far ahead of the rest of the field after their short program that everyone else is competing for bronze in the free skate.

Her challenge was to land the forward-starting, 3½-revolution jump which causes plenty of male competitors trouble. "The doctor said it was an overuse injury, so just too much impact", Tennell said.

She mentioned another factor: She couldn't see her mother.

After the routine, Mirai told reporters, "I smiled in the middle of my program, which is really rare for me". "It was very, very mentally tough. Only slightly bummed I'm not skiing it today cause we have 4 girls who are ready to hammer down and I can't wait to watch!" I hope there are better, brighter things to come.

Jeannie made sure Bradie was doing her physical therapy exercises properly and kept any doubts she had to inside. She talked about how, after medaling in the team event, she and her teammates "had so many other commitments".

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

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