Can US women's skating climb out of hole for next Olympics?

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Mirai Nagasu is a lesson in perseverance at Olympics

She and Evgenia Medvedeva each scored 156.65 in the free skate, but Zagitova won the short program with a world-record score to edge her sobbing teammate by 1.31 points. 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. But the 24-year-old skater from California, along with her two American teammates, didn't have as much luck in the latter half of the Games; Nagasu failed to land the triple in her short and free skates this week and ending up 10th overall in the women's individual competition.

'I saved the team event with Adam and the Shibutanis. This is likely her last Olympics, according to USA Today.

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.

They still will be watching Wednesday's short program and Friday's free skate. "There are moments where it'll hit me and I'll be like, 'Wow, three months ago I was nobody and now I'm USA champion, '" she said after winning the national title. In the free skate, she made her approach but popped the jump, scoring zero points.

"My focus has been a little bit too much about the medals", Nagasu said.

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Tennell landed everything during her early morning practice - in fact, she had landed just about everything since arriving in South Korea - and that had given her tremendous confidence heading into her short program at Gangneung Ice Arena.

American Mirai Nagasu is the talk of the figure skating world.

The 15-year-old Zagitova edged her friend and training partner Evgenia Medvedeva to end the gold drought for the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation.

The American's 2 minutes-45 second routine went wrong before she had finished the opening element.

All three US women intend to skate on.

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"I think I overshot it", Nagasu told NBC of her fall.

"I found an fantastic high level in my skating that I thought wasn't possible and I found. passion for the sport that I thought was not possible", she added. "I'm so happy to be taking home a medal for the Asian American community".

Of course, she could have become a star if she didn't mentally check out of this competition. "She's got her glitter and relay socks on, and there is just no stopping Jessie Diggins when she has her socks and glitter on". Prior to Nagasu's success, Tonya Harding had been the only American woman to attempt and complete a triple axel during an worldwide competition. Medvedeva, the two-time defending world champion, injured her right foot in November and missed the Grand Prix Final. "We went to the Team USA House on the lunar holiday, and it took four hours just to get to the mountain", she said. "Like, I'm always working hard and I always have a lot going on and I feel like they don't really understand or appreciate that sometimes, what I'm doing". After being left off the 2014 Olympic team, which she called "heartbreaking", she noted she isn't the type of athlete to give up.

At 2002 Skate America, Yukari Nakano's jump made her the first woman to land the triple axel in 10 years.

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