2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mirai Nagasu?


Mirai Nagasu made history in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games as the first American woman to land a triple axel. The Montebello, California, native returned to the 2018 games after making her debut at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

>> Read more trending news 

Nagasu started skating at age 5, when her parents took her to an ice rink instead of a golf course on a rainy day. Earlier in her career, Nagasu was comparted to Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan. When she was 14, she won the gold medal at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, making her the second-youngest female skater to have that title.

She took home the silver medal at the Championships in 2010, earning her a spot at the Vancouver Olympics. Although she finished third at the 2014 Championships, the U.S. Figure Skating federation placed Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth, on the Sochi Olympics team.

Other interesting facts:

  • Studying international business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs 
  • Has three rescue dogs named Lincoln, Liberty and Lexi
  • Scuba-certified


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation & World

Alan Bean, NASA Apollo moonwalker, dies at 86
Alan Bean, NASA Apollo moonwalker, dies at 86

NASA astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 86. Bean’s family has released the following statement on NASA’s website:
Service dog gives birth to litter of puppies at Florida airport
Service dog gives birth to litter of puppies at Florida airport

A service dog delivered eight puppies in the terminal of the Tampa International Airport on Friday. >> Read more trending news  The two-year-old Labrador retriever named Elli, short for Eleanor Rigby, gave birth to seven males and one female puppy, according to Tampa Bay Fire. An airport spokesperson told WTVT that a woman and...
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, South Korean president meet Saturday in surprise visit to Demilitarized Zone
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, South Korean president meet Saturday in surprise visit to Demilitarized Zone

The leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for a second time in a surprise visit Saturday. South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly discussed efforts to continue work on the peace declaration declared in April between the two countries. They also affirmed a commitment to working on diplomacy talks...
Utah man jailed in Venezuela to be freed Saturday
Utah man jailed in Venezuela to be freed Saturday

Update 2:01 p.m. EST: CNN reports that President Donald Trump will make a live address to the nation at 7 p.m. EST after he meets with Joshua Holt at the White House.  Update 10:43 a.m. EST: Joshua Holt’s family has released a statement following the President’s announcement regarding his release from Caracas, Venezuela,...
Alicia Silverstone files for divorce from husband of 20 years, Christopher Jarecki
Alicia Silverstone files for divorce from husband of 20 years, Christopher Jarecki

Three months after they confirmed their separation, actor Alicia Silverstone and her musician husband, Christopher Jarecki, are divorcing. According to documents obtained by The Blast, Silverstone filed for divorce Friday, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s 7-year-old son, Bear...
More Stories