Mirai Nagasu surprised with visit from Japanese grandmother at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu is a lesson in perseverance at Olympics

Ladies' figure skating highlights live primetime coverage on NBC and NBCSN, as reigning USA champion Bradie Tennell leads the Americans, joined by 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics earlier at these Games, and 2017 us champion Karen Chen.

Alina Zagitova led heading into Friday's free skate with a record 82.92 points, followed by Russian teammate Evgenia Medvedeva with 81.61.

With Moscow training partners Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva expected to win the first gold medal for Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, the United States just hopes for respect after finishing ninth, 10th and 11th on the first day.

She also appeared to take credit for the United States bronze medal in the team event, saying that she "saved" her skaters.

"I've been crying every day since the team event because I was so happy, but then we had to keep training and training and training", Nagasu said.

"Both my husband and I lost our fathers at a very young age", said Lauren's mom, Alison. She went as far to say that she "saved" the team event.

Skier Mikaela Shiffrin is thinking of her American teammates even if she's not racing with them in the downhill at the Pyeongchang Olympics. They will have some tough competition to face in the short program, but Team USA knows how to deal with the pressure.

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Tennell, whose strength is her jumps, recovered to skate cleanly the rest of the way. We were about to lose our medal, ' she said.

The same three USA women have been selected to compete next month at the world championshps in Milan, and Tennell plans to continue skating beyond that. She finished in tenth place, well behind her fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympics.

Mack finished in third place, Corning finished in fourth and Gerard just squeaked into the finals in sixth place. Unfortunately, Nagasu over-rotated the jump in the women's short program, tried to save it and fell. It's a lot to handle here at the Olympics, but I'm having a good time and I'll take this experience and cherish it forever. When people questioned Weiss' use of the word immigrant, she said she was referencing Hamilton and "thought poetic license was kosher".

American ski great Lindsey Vonn not only won a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics, she also had a chance to scatter some of her grandfather's ashes on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.

"I would like to be on "Dancing With the Stars" because I want to be a star", she said. "I'm really proud of this medal and I know he is, too". She then fell on her triple loop and stepped out on her triple salchow.

"I am not a fade-away type of person", she said.

The competition will put Tennell's routine to a test. "I stand to show that you don't give up, you keep going". "Obviously, my programs could have gone a little bit better". Olympic gold medalist and figure skating commentator Tara Lipinski said Chen would be a "contender" if she got her jumps "under control". "When you're in other cultures it is about doing the best thing about your nation and not really about me, me, me". "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".

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