Mirai Nagasu Trades Triple For Double; Finishes Sixth

Mirai Nagasu Trades Triple For Double; Finishes Sixth

Mirai Nagasu shows off her spin as she competes in the Ladies Short Program Figure Skating on day 12 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon (February 23) in Vancouver.

The 16-year-old California native, who skated to “Pirates of the Caribbean” which is one of her favorite movies, was bothered by a nosebleed mid-skate. Mirai shared, “I’ve been having nose bleeds here frequently,” she said. “I think it is a little bit drier than California, so I’ve been putting saline nose spray in my nose.

Mirai was also planning a triple Lutz-triple toe, but traded it in for a double-toe. “The landing was a little funky so I think I made the right choice. I’m still in the mix, and I’m happy at my first Olympics I didn’t fall yet,” she said.

Mirai, Rachael Flatt and Canadian Joannie Rochette will perform a Free Skate on Thursday, February 25 @ 5PM PT.

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  • evalynn

    joannie rochette! such a strong and beautiful skater who did an amazing skate!

  • good-one

    Their costumes were dazzling, their music was moving and their skating was thrilling — can’t wait for the free skate on Thursday

  • koolkat

    um, who cares about this? she’s not an actress, she’s not a singer, she’s not even famous. so what’s this?

  • s_chang

    well, she’s good at what she does just like everyone else on this website. that’s why people care.

  • Just Jill

    @koolkat: She is famous. She’s 16 and in the Olympics!

  • good-one

    @koolkat: Good question. In many circles, figure skating is considered the preeminent Winter Olympic event.

    South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na is the reigning world champion. She took 1st in the ladies short program on Tuesday. She is described as the biggest celebrity in all of her home country of South Korea where she is treated like a rock star. She makes about $9 million a year on her celebrity.

    Our U.S. lady figure skaters, Mirai Nagasu and Rachael Flatt, had to compete with that, and they actually did pretty well.

    Sports, (those physical athletics that generally involve risk to life or limb), sometimes give us celebrities that particularly catch our imagination, like these young skaters. They do have fans.

  • Jenny

    Yuna Kim from South Korea succeeded the triple Lutz-triple toe.
    Just sayin’.

  • Krissy


    Your point? Kim Yuna’s a wonderful technical skater but I think she lacks the artistic and gracefulness aspect of the sport. I know with the new scoring system that doesn’t really matter, but I’m just sayin’.

    Mirai still did a fantastic job even with a nose bleed. Mirai might not be able to do the jumps she’s aiming for but her spirals and laybacks are amazing, arguably the best right now. She’s only 16 right now and when she hits 19, she’ll definitely be something to watch out for.

  • Jenny


    And Yuna got first place.
    Again, just sayin’.