Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pyeongchang Posts: Reflections on the Team Competition

February 11, 2018:

What a magnificent night of the Olympic figure skating team competition!! First, Adam Rippon was simply sparkling ( and sparkly!), stellar, sublime, and everything he hoped his Olympic debut would be. Next, Mirai Nagasu had one of the greatest Olympic redemption skates that I’ve ever seen! Four years ago the selection committee passed over her for the 2014 Olympic team. Mirai used that heartbreak to reinvent herself as a stronger competitor with the most difficult jump—a triple Axel— in her arsenal. Tonight Mirai realized her dream of skating on Olympic ice again and became the first U.S. woman in Olympic history to land the triple Axel!! So uplifting to see what hard work and determination can do! Lastly, Maia and Alex Shibutani twizzled their way to their most inspired and heartfelt performance of the season. (Plus, bonus points for skating to Coldplay!). At the end of the night, team USA earned its second consecutive Olympic team event bronze medal!

Very proud of our team for skating so many personal bests and handling the Olympic pressure with such grace! ...So many great skating moments already and the individual events haven’t even started yet! We’re in for an awesome Olympics! 🥉⛸❤️🙌

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