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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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Mirai Nagasu Wants To Make Even More Olympic History With More Triple Axels

Mirai Nagasu Wants To Make Even More Olympic History With More Triple Axels

Mirai Nagasu made Olympic history when she became the first US woman to land a triple axel in the team event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics — and she’s aiming to do it again.

Speaking with reporters in South Korea, the 24-year-old figure skater has two more triple axels planned — one in her short program and another in the long program.

“Maybe I’ll fall; maybe I’ll land it,” Mirai shared. “But right now my mind-set is I’m going to nail it. And I believe…I’m definitely going for it: No guts, no glory.”

She adds, “If I fall, I’ll take the fall and get up and keep going.”

Mirai is also hoping for a spot on that podium too — “I want it so badly. Like, I wanna be there. I want to prove myself, not just to myself, but to the judges.”

“And so I put a lot of pressure on myself because I wanna do well. But, I think, I think when I’m in that mindset, and with the right focus– I look back and think, ‘Oh my God, is that me? That’s (laughter) amazing.’ Like…and I just enjoy that performance aspect of skating.”

The ladies’ short program starts tonight @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

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Mirai Nagasu Would Love To Be On 'Dancing With The Stars'

Mirai Nagasu Would Love To Be On 'Dancing With The Stars'

Mirai Nagasu is throwing her name into the ring to be on the next season of Dancing With The Stars.

The reality competition program will be hosting a 10-week all-athlete version of the series, and we can think of no one better than figure skater Mirai to join!

“I’m definitely going to be plugging myself here, but some athletes get to make their debut on Dancing with the Stars, and so I’m hoping my personality will win me a spot on that show,” Mirai shared with Yahoo.

And even better, she already knows which pro she wants to perform with — Mark Ballas!

The all-athlete season kicks off in late April and casting is under way now, so…let’s get her on there!

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Will Mirai Nagasu's Parents Be at the Olympics?

Will Mirai Nagasu's Parents Be at the Olympics?

Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu's Strong Friendship Was Born Over In-N-Out & Not Making The Olympic Team in 2014

Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu's Strong Friendship Was Born Over In-N-Out & Not Making The Olympic Team in 2014

If you watched the Olympics last night, you probably saw Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu‘s strong friendship just leap off the screen and into your home.

When he was performing, she was there supporting and when she nailed her history-making triple axel on the ice, Adam was screaming in his seat.

“I just remember four years ago Mirai and I were in a dark place,” Adam shared. “We were so upset and sad and, honestly, we were like depressed that we weren’t at (the Olympic Games).”

“It was bad,” he added in a chat with Team USA. “It wasn’t good. I told her as we were going through that, I said, ‘Mirai, I’m so lucky to have you by my side. We’re going to get through this together.’ And I kept telling her. I say it every five minutes. We room together at the village.”

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and Adam‘s strong friendship was actually strengthened by not being at the 2014 Sochi Games, and instead, being on top of a rooftop eating In-N-Out together.

“Tonight, you know, the Olympics are truly magical, because we came out here tonight, and we gave each other a hug, and I said, ‘You know, Mirai, we’re here! We did it!’”

Watch Adam‘s reaction to Mirai‘s performance below:

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Team USA Figure Skaters Celebrate Winning The Bronze Medal at Olympics with Epic Selfie

Team USA Figure Skaters Celebrate Winning The Bronze Medal at Olympics with Epic Selfie

There are regular group selfie pics, and then there are Team USA selfie pics and the US Figure Skating Olympic team has one of the best!

Ice dancer Alex Shibutani snapped the epic shot of the (almost the) whole team after winning the bronze medal at the team event over the weekend in South Korea at the Olympics — and it was quickly shared by the entire team on social media.

Bradie Tennell captioned it, “Squad goals”, and we definitely have to agree.

Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, pairs skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim, and Alex‘s sis and ice dance partner Maia Shibutani are all featured in the photo.

“I’m just so proud of this entire team,” Maia shared afterwards. “It was so special for us. This is the first team event that Alex and I were a part of. To have this experience at the Olympic Games, to come away with a medal for our country and for each other, I think we’ll come into the individual event with so much more confidence.”

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Mirai Nagasu Becomes First U.S. Figure Skater to Land Triple Axel at the Olympics!

Mirai Nagasu Becomes First U.S. Figure Skater to Land Triple Axel at the Olympics!

Mirai Nagasu totally blew us away at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics!

The 24-year-old just became the first American figure skater to land the rare and incredibly difficult triple axel during the Olympics!

Mirai completed the move during the free skate portion of the figure skating team event on Monday morning (February 12) in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The move, which requires a forward takeoff and three-and-a-half rotations in the air, has only ever been completed in competition by Mirai , Tonya Harding and Kimmie Meissner. However, they didn’t do it at the Olympics.

Congratulations Mirai!

Watch it all go down below…

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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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