Thursday, February 15, 2018

Revisiting U.S. Nationals: The Redemption of Mirai Nagasu

January 5, 2018

I’ve been following figure skating for 24 years and some of the best moments always come at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships/ Olympic trials. I was there in Boston 4 years ago when Mirai Nagasu was passed over for the Olympic team, even though she finished third and ahead of Ashley Wagner, who was chosen instead. Mirai skated her exhibition with tears streaming down her face. When many others would have retired, Mirai overcame her bitter disappointment and worked tirelessly to get a second chance.

Four years later—and 10 years after her National title win at the age of 14—Mirai came to this week’s National Championships more prepared than ever before. Tonight she skated courageously and with heart. She threw down the gauntlet and earned a standing ovation en route to a silver medal and what should surely earn her a trip to the Olympics in South Korea next month.

It’s SO inspiring to see someone who has hit rock bottom persevere and overcome everything to experience a personal triumph. This is what sports, and life, is all about. Tonight Mirai’s silver is as good as gold. Congratulations, Mirai Nagasu! 🌟💫🏅⛸

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