Team USA finishes historically low in women's figure skating

Posted February 25, 2018

There will be no medals Friday for Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia, who stands ninth after falling on her trademark triple axel jump, Karen Chen, who is 10th, or us champion Bradie Tennell, who is 11th, and it will be the third straight Olympics without a top-three finish by an American woman. Russia's Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva - who are designated as "Olympic Athletes From Russia" for this Olympic games - are now dueling it out in first and second place, respectively.

The last American woman to medal at the Olympics was Sasha Cohen, who won silver in 2006.

But the U.S. team was never behind Italy in any of the eight rounds of the team event, according to USA Today. "You are too old.' But here I am doing it". It's one of the many Asian American immigrant stories being told at the 2018 Olympic Games, where Team USA features 14 Asian American competitors.

In 2015, the five-time European champion was handed a 16-month ban for allegedly assisting her former boyfriend, Olympic race walker Alex Schwazer, with covering up his illegal doping.

Figure skating competition at the Olympics will continue Tuesday night ET with the ladies' short program.

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Mirai joked moments later, "I'm available for lessons". She brought that medal with her to the rink for her free skate Friday. Vargas shared, "Some experts in the sport say it's possible that we might see quintuples in our lifetimes".

Alina Zagitova won individual gold with 239.57 points Friday, beating her training partner and close friend Evgenia Medvedeva by less than two points.

Should the competition play out that way, it isn't likely to help the sport's withering popularity in the U.S. American skating icons such as Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano and Dick Button blame the downturn on a lack of rivalries, a dearth of recognizable personalities, an inscrutable judging system and an overemphasis on jumps.

Nagasu placed fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, and didn't make it to the 2014 Sochi games. She nailed a triple flip-triple toe combination along with a triple loop, and her strong spins and step sequence finished out the program.

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Just like the rest of her teammates.

Nagasu was not holding back and also detailed some of the difficulties she had experienced in the Athletes' Village.

"I would like to be on "Dancing With the Stars" because I want to be a star", Nagasu said. And so I like to think of myself as one of the best, but I just made a little, tiny error today.

Tennell, a soft-spoken 20-year-old in her first full senior global season after back injuries, said she wasn't sure what the reasonable expectations should have been for these USA women.

Tennell, 20, was even shocked by her early fall. "We were behind Italy for a good little bit". I hate to value her jump less than other athletes'. "And things happen, we're all human". She fell and landed on her knees and hands during the triple axel attempt. "Many did not understand why she wouldn't pull through because it was in her home country, and she said you will strongly feel when it is time to stop". I'm going to focus on me.

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Zagitova and Medvedeva were in first and second place, respectively, after the women's short program, where they had the highest scores ever.