Mirai Nagasu motivated by Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White

Mirai Nagasu is a lesson in perseverance at Olympics

There are 30 women set to skate in the short program. Listening to Mirai Nagasu would suffice.

Nagasu: "I'm available for lessons".

That's the kind of rhetoric expected of an overfed and overpaid newspaper columnist, not an Olympic champion. I don't have any complaints about the height or the speed, but I think she looked stiff, which makes her jump not as fluid or graceful as it had the potential to be.

Tonya Harding's routine at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships is my absolute favorite of any triple axel performance. But she battled a cracked bone in her right foot this season and Zagitova emerged, eventually surpassing Medvedeva.

Mirai Nagasu is more anxious about getting on "Dancing with the Stars" than winning a gold medal in the Olympics. She traveled four hours last week to attend a Lunar new year party.

Tennell was followed in the standings by Nagasu, who came into the singles event as a dark horse for the bronze medal after her star turn in the team event.

As for Dancing With the Stars... the show has featured Olympic athletes many times before, from Nastia Liukin to Apolo Anton Ohno. "I thought of this as my audition for 'Dancing With the Stars, '" she said, according to ESPN. 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.

What the skaters said in the post-competition interviews pointed to another problem: The lack of mental and emotional fortitude. Nagasu finished 9th, Chen 10th and Tennell 11th. Since 1945, at least one US woman had finished in sixth place or better.

The top American, Tennell, finished more than 35 points behind Medvedeva, the silver medalist.

Meanwhile, the Americans who once dominated the sport have been forced to play catch-up, just like the rest of the world. Zagitova earned 156.65 points for her program to "Don Quixote", laying down the challenge for her countrywoman. It's what I've been working on for 20 years.

"The triple axel is a jump that's different from all the others because it takes off from a forward take off", she said.

Tennell, a soft-spoken 20-year-old in her first full senior global season after back injuries, said she wasn't sure what the reasonable expectations should have been for these USA women. "However, my Olympic experience is not over and I'm excited to go home and recover for a little bit and still soak in every second of this".

But does one disappointing day mean USA skating is out of it?

I also regret criticizing Rika Kihira, because her impressive jump happened when she was only 14 years old during the 2016 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating. She fell on a triple loop and landed clumsily on a triple salchow. "The first-ever cross-country gold medal for the U.S".

Obviously medals matter, but the American ladies performance in figure skating is nothing to sniff at. "I'm proud to come away with a medal".

"This isn't what I wanted, but at the same time, you can't always have what you want". "I stand to show that you don't give up, you keep going".

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

"I felt like I did attack and I didn't hold back", she said.

"We tried to call and FaceTime each other as much as possible".

But her second attempt at it Wednesday didn't pan out the same way. "For sure, I definitely missed her".

She became the first American woman, and third woman ever, to land a triple axel at the Olympics when she did so during the team events in PyeongChang.

No, they weren't engulfed in a meal, too busy to watch their daughter become the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

On Feb. 21, Nagasu attempted the leap again in the women's single skating short program, but failed to land the rare and hard trick.

"I saved the team event with Adam [Rippon] and the Shibutanis". Team USA is setting records, rewriting history and inspiring the next generation of Olympic athletes.

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