Ted Flett interviews USA's Mirai Nagasu for Golden Skate in Colorado Springs, Colo. - July 2017.
Mirai Nagasu isn’t going to the world championships, but it sure looks like the U.S. team could use her next month.
The 2010 Olympian earned bronze at the Four Continents Championships at the 2018 Olympic venue in South Korea, setting new personal-best free-skate and total scores.
Nagasu, in her ninth season of senior international competition, tallied 132.04 and 194.95 points, respectively, at the world championships and Olympics tune-up event.
“To have all those months of training come to fruition is why work hard and why I keep coming back,” said Nagasu, who just missed the 2014 Olympic team. “When these moments happen, it’s so exciting and so gratifying. It just validates my reason for training hard every day, doing programs even when I don’t feel like it and getting up when I fall.”
Notes: The Detroit Skating Club usually publishes Skate Detroit results (but not detailed protocols) after the competition is over. BIG THANKS to those helpful people sending result sheets from the rink!
Senior Ladies SP – Group A 63.13 Courtney Hicks, All Year FSC [“Nocturne” from La Califfa] – 3F+1Lo(-), 2nd half 3Lz & 2A 58.21 Mirai Nagasu, Pasadena FSC [Chopin’s Nocturne from last season] – stood up on 3A (2-fted & <<?), 3F (fall, planned 3T in combo?), 3Lz+2T 51.53 Olivia Serafini, Los Angeles FSC [Tango] – 3T (fall, planned 3T in combo?), 3F, 2A 46.58 Alexandra Rogers, Rocky Mountain FSC [Sara Bareilles' "She Used To Be Mine"] 41.16 Jordan Bauth, Amherst SC (NY) ["At Last" by Etta James] 39.12 Maya Lappin, Richmond Hill FSC (CAN) ["Non, je ne regrette rien"] 37.99 Michelle Lifshits, Israel 31.93 Chloe Roslin, Detroit SC 20.60 Andrea Mendez, Detroit SC WD: Emily Mei-Lin Chan, Dallas FSC; Ashley Kim, Dallas FSC; Meagan Rider, DuPage FSC
Senior Ladies SP – Group B 52.85 Katie McBeath, Westminster FSC of Erie [“That’s Life”/female vocal] – 3Lo(turn)2Lo, 3F, 2A 52.27 Paige Rydberg, Broadmoor SC [“The Gaucho’s Pain” by Tango Jointz (techno beat)] – 3F, 3T(turn)3T (wrong foot landing?), 2A 45.27 Kendal Buckalew, Carolinas FSC [music?] 41.71 Brynne McIsaac, Washington FSC [“Palladio” by Karl Jenkins] 40.84 Maxine Marie Bautista, DuPage FSC [“My Sweet and Tender Beast” waltz by Doga] 32.73 Lyndsay Ream, Columbus FSC 27.90 AnnaMarie Pearce, St. Moritz ISC 26.94 Coco Kaminski, Poland 25.82 Tori Weingarten, Detroit SC 20.47 Jocelyn Jones, Individual Member of USFS WD: Hannah Miller, Lansing SC
The Detroit Skating Club usually publishes Skate Detroit results (but not detailed protocols) after the competition is over.
Senior Ladies Final (FS) (1-12 below are unofficial scores; official results not yet received)
Mirai Nagasu 129.10 – Miss Saigon medley (incl. “Sun and Moon”), choreo. by Jeff Buttle: fan cam video Courtney Hicks (SWP) 124.29 – “Amazing Grace” choreo. by Jonathan Cassar: fan cam video Olivia Serafini (SWP) 97.57 – music? fan cam video Katie McBeath (NA) 89.16 – refer to Friday’s linked FS video Alexandra Rogers (SW) 87.12 Paige Rydberg (UGL) 85.49 – refer to Friday’s linked FS video Brynne McIsaac (SA) 82.65 Maxine Marie Bautista (UGL) 81.84 Kendal Buckalew (SA) 74.71 Maya Lappin (CAN) 59.44 Coco Kaminski (POL) 59.35 Michelle Lifshits (ISR) 57.07
In the women’s competition, 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu won silver after a dazzling free skate performance that included a successful triple axel. She landed the three-and-a-half revolution jump in both her programs in Salt Lake City, making her just the second American woman to land the jump in international competition. Tonya Harding was the first in 1991. Kimmie Meissner also landed the jump at U.S. championships.
Nagasu leapfrogged past reigning U.S. champion Karen Chen, who placed fourth at the world championships last year to help the U.S. gain three spots for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2017 19:49:03 GMT by ThirdTerm
Mirai Nagasu did a triple axel in her short program practice run-though Thursday in Salt Lake City, landing it on two feet. Then, she did what looked like a clean one near the end of the practice session.
The question -- as it has been since video of her working on the jump showed up on the internet this summer -- is when she will try one in a competition.
Maybe Friday's short program at the U.S. International Figure Skating Classic? "Absolutely," Nagasu said. "If I can land it in practice, why not go for it in competition."