Russians Win Gold And Silver In Skating, Nagasu Excuses Performance And Hopes For DWTS
Friday, February 23, 2018
The Russians, skating under the name O.A.R, (Olympic Athletes from Russia) finally won a gold medal in Pyeongchang with 15-year-old Alina Zagitova edging out her 18-year-old teammate Evgenia Medvedeva in the figure skating competition. Zagitova is the second youngest figure skater to win gold (Tara Lipinski was the youngest by 28 days).
The United States traditionally has dominated ice skating, but this year, was a disappointment. The highest an American scored was for ninth place (the worst showing since World War II). One of the highly touted skaters, Mirai Nagasu, received attention and accolades after she landed the first-ever triple axel by a US woman at the Olympics, helping Team USA win the bronze medal in the team skating event. After a poor performance in the individual event, Nagasu flustered the media by explaining her less than stellar performance and saying she "saved" Team USA so her individual program was just "icing on the cake". She continued by saying she was exhausted from training, couldn't take a hot shower and missed home. She also said, “I would like to be on “Dancing with the Stars” because I want to be a star. I made history here by landing the first triple axel by a U.S. lady and third at the Olympics and I think that’s a big deal.