USA women's figure skating struggling to generate interest


Mirai Nagasu made history early on in the Pyeongchang winter games, becoming the first USA woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics; she earned a bronze medal in the team event for her efforts. The gold medal will likely come down to a duel between two-time reigning world champion Yevgenia Medvedeva and her 15-year-old training partner Alina Zagitova, competing as Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

Then came Nagasu, who became the first ever American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics during last week's team event.

"It's been a long three weeks, and we got here, got to walk in the Opening Ceremonies, and then I saved the team event with Adam [Rippon] and the Shibutanis. I knew that it was a quote from that, so I didn't take any offense", Nagasu said. "We were about to lose our medal", Nagasu said, holding up her medal.

Vonn finished in 1:39.69, .47 seconds behind Goggia, who is skiing in her first Olympics and was 11th in both the Super G and giant slalom.

On Feb. 21, Nagasu attempted the leap again in the women's single skating short program, but failed to land the rare and hard trick.

"I just got a little twisted up", Tennell, 20, said of the extra steps in two jumps Thursday. In the free skate, she made her approach but popped the jump, scoring zero points. She will enter the long program with 64.01 points. Her closest performance to Colorado Springs will be May 16 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City.

Also Wednesday, the women's figure-skating competition starts with the short program. I do like her routine and how peaceful it is, but I think her triple axel was slow and I didn't have that big of a reaction when she landed it in comparison to other triple axels I have seen. I've gotten some date requests, which is kind of cool I guess.

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She added, "I'm also great at dishwashing because of the restaurant, as well!" "I'm not very fond of skating first, but it's what you train for, and I've skated first a bunch of times", she says.

"I can't wait to go home and put my medal around the kids' necks", she said, "and tell them they can do it, too, if they persevere".

Tennell's fall is her first this season.

Her challenge was to land the forward-starting, 3½-revolution jump which causes plenty of male competitors trouble. "We were behind Italy for a good little bit". "I also haven't taken a warm shower because there are a lot of people on Team USA - somehow I keep trying to take a shower and all the hot water is gone".

"I felt strong and in the best shape that I've ever been in my entire life, she said". "Things happen, we're all human and make mistakes but you get up and keep going". Team USA is setting records, rewriting history and inspiring the next generation of Olympic athletes. "She and I had many tears over it and the thoughts were in my head, like, 'This could be it, '" Jeannie said. They didn't mesh with all the work, all the self-inflicted hype about the triple axel, all the talk of redemption after being left off the team for Sochi.

Detractors say the sport has become a jumping contest and bemoan the calculated tactics of Zagitova, who backloaded all of her jumps into the final two minutes where they're subject to a 10% technical bonus meant to reward stamina.