United States women's figure skating struggling to generate interest

Doug Mendoza
February 24, 2018

The Swiss men have won curling's bronze medal, sending Canada to its worst finish ever in the sport.

No one is more familiar with the ups and downs of a competitive figure skater's life than Mirai Nagasu, who is going for a medal this week at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Nagasu, who ranks ninth after the short program, will skate 18th in PyeongChang, following American teammates Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell, who rank 10 and 11, respectively.

An American finishing in the top 10 individually was "a huge accomplishment", Karen Chen said.

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Serwa raced to the lead early in the final and was well in front by the time she reached the bottom of the course at Phoenix Snow Park.

Five-time European champion Carolina Kostner, who has spent more than a decade competing at the highest levels, thinks the Russian dominance is cyclical. Any medal would make her the oldest woman in Alpine history to climb an Olympic podium.

"I have always wanted to become a better skater", she says. Nagasu finished 10th in the ensuing U.S. nationals after Sochi, and appeared to be hitting the inevitable figure skating wall.

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Platov would know, between 1994 and 1998 he didn't lose a single global figure skating competition with Russian Federation. She was the 2015 US junior champion, but then was injured and in a back brace for nearly a year.

Lindsey Vonn is set to compete in her last Olympic downhill, but she says she'd rather not focus on that right now. They worked together for about two years before Nagasu was landing the triple axel jump consistently enough to include it in her programs.

Obviously medals matter, but the American ladies performance in figure skating is nothing to sniff at. If an athlete in any other sport did that, we'd go nuts.

"It just goes to show, for me, that I'm one to go out there and push my own limits and I'm so proud of myself", Nagasu said. Pairs skaters Alexa and Chris Knierim performed well and Nathan Chen placed fourth despite falling during his routine. Unfortunately, her fall last night during that trademark move took away from the accomplishment with a mandatory point deduction, although she swiftly recovered and continued her routine.

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

Medvedeva wasn't at her best, yet her mark was a record 81.61. Instead, she's preparing herself for the combined event scheduled for Wednesday.

"He's a character and I'm also quite the character, too, and it's a great chance for us to share our story", Nagasu said. Like she said over and over again Sunday: "Anything is possible".

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