American skater Tennell makes rare mistake

Mirai Nagasu is a lesson in perseverance at Olympics

That's the kind of rhetoric expected of an overfed and overpaid newspaper columnist, not an Olympic champion.

Nagasu had little trouble dominating the conversation in a joint press conference with Chen and Tennell on Sunday, and not because she was driven by ego or prone to hyperbole.

It is entirely fair to say it was disappointing that they didn't have their best performances, but their mishaps have caused many to lament the state of USA women's figure skating as a whole. Nagasu is almost 16 points - a canyon of a gap - behind the leader, Alina Zagitova of Russian Federation. "I also haven't taken a warm shower because there are a lot of people on Team USA and somehow I keep trying to take a shower when all the hot water is gone". She traveled four hours last week to attend a Lunar new year party. It helps her focus, and focusing has helped her build a reputation as a woman who never, ever stumbles.

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

Dancing with the Stars has announced a shortened all-athlete Season 26 set to premiere in the spring. "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".

Realistic for the best figure skater from the Black Hills is better than what one percent of her competition ever achieves.

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Mirai Nagasu won the 2008 us national championships a decade ago.

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

Tennell's USA teammates, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, finished 10th and 11th.

With the top six skaters to go, the Americans nearly certainly will wind up ninth, 10th and 11th. Before this year, every American team since World War II had yielded at least a sixth-place finish.

The Russians - pardon, the Olympic Athletes from Russia - reaffirmed their dominance in this discipline, with 15-year-old Zagitova and 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva outclassing the field by a significant margin.

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.

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Nagasu earned a score of 66.93 for her short program and 119.61 for her free skate, for a total score of 186.54.

History adjacent. Eccarius has been working with Olympic coaches since she was 12.

But does one disappointing day mean US skating is out of it? Make no mistake: the United States women's figure skating team, once the toast of the world and the sport's gold standard, is now an outsider.

What she did in moving forward, what she did in landing that elusive jump that actually requires three-and-a-half rotations in the air as you go into it from a forward facing position, has, like countryman Nathan Chen's historic six quadruple jumps, been the talk of the skating world.

Chen: "Yes, please. I have tried it years ago when I was junior, I was able to land it. but I broke my foot not long after, not from doing the triple, and had to take a break".

The women's figure skating competition continues on Tuesday, February 20 with the women's free skate. The last American woman to win an individual medal was Sasha Cohen, in 2006. "I'm proud to come away with a medal". "I'm going to go home and see my dogs". - Two different vertebrae were affected so her mother made her wear the back brace all day long.

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