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Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Wants to Go 'Dancing With the Stars'

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USA's Mirai Nagasu competes in the women's single skating free skating of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 23 February 2018 10:33 AM

Figure skater Mirai Nagasu has a new goal after winning bronze with her U.S teammates at the Winter Olympics: to appear on ABC's “Dancing with the Stars."

Nagasu, 24, made history at the start of the Games when she became the first American woman to land the technical triple axel jump at the Winter Olympics and, while her ensuing performances were a bit less than stellar, she remains upbeat and focused on the future.

“I would like to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ because I want to be a star,” Nagasu told The Washington Post. “I made history here by landing the first triple axel for a U.S. lady, third at the Olympics, and that’s a big deal.”

In fact, the skater says she considered her individual Olympic performances as an audition for the competitive ballroom dancing competition.

"I smiled in the middle of my program, which is very rare for me. I thought of this as my audition for 'Dancing With the Stars,'" she said, according to ESPN.

Nagasu’s opening performance helped lift Team USA to a bronze medal. However, when it came to her grand finale in the women’s long program, she failed to replicate the triple axel jump and finished in 10th place overall, ABC News reported.

It has been an emotional week for the U.S. athlete but, not one to cling to disappointment, Nagasu is looking at the positives.

She told Yahoo Sports that she hopes to take on "DWTS" with her teammate Adam Rippon.

“I hope I’ll be there with him,” she said. “I’ve never gotten the opportunity to compete against Adam, but I would love [it].”

Speaking candidly about her individual performance, Nagasu said the Olympic experience has been emotionally draining and exhausting.

“But this is what I wanted and I’ve been crying every day since the team event because I was so happy,” she said. “But then we had to keep training and training and training, and we’re just exhausted. And it’s a lot to go out there and represent our country.”

There was no mention of another Winter Olympic appearance and, aside from her “Dancing with the Stars” ambitions, Nagasu has been vague about what her future plans entail.

“I hope there are better, brighter things to come and I hope that I get more opportunities to let my personality just shine,” she said, according to People.

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