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Mirai Nagasu Inspires Teammates Karen Chen & Bradie Tennell On The Ice at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu Inspires Teammates Karen Chen & Bradie Tennell On The Ice at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu isn’t only inspiring the entire USA right now at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — she’s also inspiring her teammates Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell.

Just before the short program competition, Mirai, Karen and Bradie all sat down for a press conference where the younger two opened up about how Mirai has inspired them on, and off the ice — especially with that triple axel.

“When she nailed the triple axel, I jumped up screaming,” Bradie remembered, speaking of the team event where Team USA earned the bronze medal. “It was just incredible.”

Karen added, “She will inspire so many younger skaters that the impossible is possible. I think that I see a future [where] all of us could potentially have a triple axel as long as we have the grit like Mirai.”

Mirai joked moments later, “I’m available for lessons.”

But the triple axel isn’t just what Karen and Bradie like about Mirai.

“Just kind of watching how [Mirai] interacts with people and the way she handles herself,” Bradie adds. “I must confess to trying to be a little bit like her.”

The ladies’ free skate will take place Thursday, February 22nd on NBC.

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Are Olympic Figure Skaters Karen Chen & Nathan Chen Related?

Are Olympic Figure Skaters Karen Chen & Nathan Chen Related?

Nathan Chen and Karen Chen are both on the Team USA Figure Skating Team this year — and many Olympic watchers might think they’re related, but they’re not.

They’re not brother and sister, not even cousins. They’re just two figure skaters who happen to share a fairly common last name.

“We come from a similar background and both our parents went through a lot to give us the opportunity to skate and help us be successful,” Nathan shared in an interview.

He adds, “I think what Karen and I represent is everything that our parents stand for and how they raised us.”

Karen will make her Olympic debut TONIGHT!

Figure Skater Karen Chen Choreographed Her Olympics Routines

Figure Skater Karen Chen Choreographed Her Olympics Routines

Karen Chen is set to make her debut at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics later tonight and we can’t wait to watch her!

Did you know that the 18-year-old figure skater choreographed her own routines?

“It’s something that I truly love,” she shared in a recent interview with ET.

“The music choices are something that I feel very attached to, especially the short. It’s very sentimental and I have a lot of emotions attached to it.”

Karen continues, “I think putting that out there, skating at the Olympics with that kind of mindset and embracing my own choreography, knowing how much effort I have put into this, is really going to come through.”

She also adds that getting a medal at the Olympics is the ultimate goal.

“Sometimes it may not seem realistic, but I feel like thinking about that ultimate goal that I really want, it helps motivate me, and it really helps push me to get better and stronger and work hard and smart,” Karen says. “Anything is possible. I always try to tell myself that.”

Ladies’ figure skating will start tonight @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Meet The Full US Figure Skating Olympic Team For PyeongChang Olympics 2018!

Meet The Full US Figure Skating Olympic Team For PyeongChang Olympics 2018!

The official roster for the U.S. Figure Skating Olympic Team have been announced.

After competing at the 2018 U.S. Championships over the weekend in San Jose, U.S. Figure Skating announced that three men, three ladies, three ice dance teams and one pair team would be headed to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics set for next month.

During the Olympics, like in 2014, the US team will also compete in the team event consisting of one lady, one man, one pairs team and one ice dance team, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will kick off on February 9th in South Korea.

Click inside now to meet the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Olympic Team…

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Ashley Wagner Reacts to Not Making US Olympic Figure-Skating Team

Ashley Wagner Reacts to Not Making US Olympic Figure-Skating Team

Ashley Wagner is not happy about losing out on Team USA placement in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The figure skater received lower scores than she expected from the judges during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday (January 5).

Ashley finished in fourth place and revealed to The Salt Lake Tribune that she was “absolutely furious.”

“For me to put out two programs that I did at this competition as solid as I skated and to get those scores, I am furious, and I think deservedly so,” she shared. “I honestly think that at the end of the day, this is how I feel, and I feel like I need to stick up for myself, and I think that I delivered when I really needed to. I think all these girls delivered when they needed to, but I want to be on that Olympic team and I’m really mad that I’m in this position again.”

Ashley finished in fourth in the U.S. Championships in 2014 as well and was given the chance to represent the country at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but today it was announced that Ashley will serve as Team USA’s first alternate.

The 2018 Games, starting on February 8, would have marked Ashley‘s third Olympic experience (she was also a first alternate at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver).

Bradie Tennell, Karen Chen and Mirai Nagasu will be competing for the United States in Pyeongchang next month.

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Left Off World Team Roster; Thinks She Should Be On It

Figure Skater Gracie Gold Left Off World Team Roster; Thinks She Should Be On It

We won’t be seeing Gracie Gold‘s face in any of the world figure skating competitions this season.

After placing 6th at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships this weekend, Gracie has been picked as the 2nd alternate on both the Worlds and Four Continents teams, behind 4th place finisher Mirai Nagasu.

New ladies’ champ Karen Chen, Ashley Wagner and Mariah Bell will rep the US at both competitions.

“Obviously I had a very terrible long program and I didn’t place very well and I got a low score,” Gracie said after her long program.

“It’s just something about this year, I’ve been in a funk. I’m glad this is not the Olympic year.”

However, she still thinks she should be on the world team roster.

“Even though today’s skating was subpar, there’s not a doubt in my mind that this has been a rough season, but that I’m still pretty much one of the best skaters in the United States and in the world. … All I know is that, given the opportunity, I wouldn’t let them down and I think that I would be a very wise pick for the world team.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Should Gracie be on the world teams?

JJJ Update: Gracie has just split with her longtime coach, Frank Carroll. He was also the coach for Michelle Kwan, Evan Lysacek, Mirai Nagasu and currently coaches 2014 Mens’ Bronze Medalist Denis Ten.

Click inside for the full US Figure Skating World Teams Rosters… More Here! »

VIDEO: Karen Chen Crowned Ladies Champ at US Figure Skating Nationals 2017

VIDEO: Karen Chen Crowned Ladies Champ at US Figure Skating Nationals 2017

Karen Chen is the new ladies national champion!

The 17-year-old figure skater reigned at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Miss., last night (January 21) for the long program, beating out favorites Ashley Wagner and Mirai Nagasu.

“I’m just in complete shock,” Karen shared after her amazing win. “All of this just came together for me. It was a rough season. I spent the first couple months working out my boot problems and working with a new boot company trying to work out all the kinks. I’m happy with the progress and hope to keep getting better.”

She adds, “I think it’s very exciting. It was definitely one of my goals and this is what I wanted to do when I came here. I’m just so thrilled with how everything went.”

Mariah Bell, who finished 3rd, and Gracie Gold, who finished 6th, are also pictured below.


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VIDEO: Watch Karen Chen Blow Everyone Away at US Figure Skating Nationals 2017

VIDEO: Watch Karen Chen Blow Everyone Away at US Figure Skating Nationals 2017

Karen Chen just made a huge mark at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships!

The 17-year-old skater bested both Mirai Nagasu and Ashley Wagner in the short dance, as well as Gracie Gold and new to senior level, Tessa Hong.

“My body’s still trembling right now,” she told press afterwards. “I just kept pushing and telling myself that I’m gaining more experience, I’m learning about everything in the process and I’m just going to keep getting better.”


The ladie’s long program event will be on Saturday, January 21st.


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