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Mirai Nagasu Apologizes for Controversial Figure Skating Comments

Mirai Nagasu Apologizes for Controversial Figure Skating Comments

Mirai Nagasu of the United States competes during the Ladies Single Skating Free Skating on day fourteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 23, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 09:43 AM

Mirai Nagasu has apologized for comments she made suggesting she "saved" the U.S. figure staking squad during the Winter Olympics team competition and appearing unfazed by her less-than-stellar finish in her individual events.

Nagasu, 24, nailed a rare and difficult triple axel during the team competition, which, along with other strong performances, helped the Americans to a bronze medal, according to Sports Illustrated.

But Nagasu's comments afterwards appeared to rub some the wrong way.

"I saved the team event, with Adam [Rippon] and the Shibutanis," Nagasu said, referring to the U.S. men's skater and the mixed doubles team of Alex and Maia Shibutani. "We were about to lose our medals. So today I put my [bronze] medal in my pocket. Here she is! And I said, 'Mirai, you've done your job already. This is all just icing.'"

She went on to describe her individual performances — in which she finished 12th in the free skate and 10th overall — as her audition for "Dancing With the Stars" because she wants to be a star.

Some on social media complained about Nagasu's interview and individual skates.

Nagasu told People magazine on Saturday that she wanted to apologize for the comments.

"I feel really, really awful about the things I said," the figure skater said. "I feel bad that people think that I was throwing my teammates under the bus because I never wanted to come off that way. I had my dream Olympic skate [in the team event] and to me, I've been dreaming of that moment for such a long time, it made me feel like a superhero and superheroes save the day.

"And I wish I had said that we were all superheroes during the team event. To watch Chris and Alexa [Knierim, pair skaters], I train with them, to see the way they competed, to see Bradie put out a great performance, and Nathan [Chen] and Adam [Rippon] and [ice dancers] Maia and Alex [Shibutani] — everyone did their part, and so I didn't mean to say that I saved the team by myself. We were all heroes that day and I apologize, especially to my teammates, for how it came off,” Nagasu added in her apology.

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Mirai Nagasu has apologized for comments she made suggesting she "saved" the U.S. figure staking squad during the Winter Olympics team competition and appearing unfazed by her less-than-stellar finish in her individual events.
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