Mirai Nagasu made history in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games as the first American woman to land a triple axel. The Montebello, California, native returned to the 2018 games after making her debut at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Nagasu started skating at age 5, when her parents took her to an ice rink instead of a golf course on a rainy day. Earlier in her career, Nagasu was comparted to Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan. When she was 14, she won the gold medal at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, making her the second-youngest female skater to have that title.
She took home the silver medal at the Championships in 2010, earning her a spot at the Vancouver Olympics. Although she finished third at the 2014 Championships, the U.S. Figure Skating federation placed Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth, on the Sochi Olympics team.
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Take a look at the highlights from the latest competitions during the 2018 Peyongchang Games.
What would one of the largest international events be without a few wardrobe malfunctions here and there? Yura Min of South Korea might have an idea as her Olympics debut kicked off with some inconvenience.
The moment that would leave anyone horrified began only seconds into her performance with ice dancing partner Alexander Gamelin when the top of her costume disconnected in the back.
One Twitter user thought this was the sporting world’s annual televised wardrobe malfunction.
Min handled the setback like a true Olympian, adjusting her clothing and continuing her performance.
“I didn’t stop,” she told the Detroit Free Press. “I went from the beginning to the end. I didn’t stop because you get a deduction if you stop in the middle of a program. In my head, I was thinking, ‘Is it better to stop and fix it and get the deduction or keep going?'”
She and Gamelin came in ninth out of 10 teams. A few of the adjustments cost them some points.
“Anytime she brought her shoulders in, it came down,” Gamelin said. “I only noticed it halfway through. During our twizzle, it came off her shoulder, all of the way. She had to stop and pull it back up, and that cost us a bunch of points. It wasn’t because we were skating poorly.”
Members of the U.S. Olympic ski team have some iconic costumes to help them on their path to victory at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
They’ve always been heroes, but now they’re superheroes!
Thanks to a partnership with Disney’s Marvel property, the athletes have been kitted out in outfits based on famous Marvel superheroes like Captain Marvel and Captain America. And, as you can see for yourself, they look pretty heroic.
Here’s Lindsey Vonn rocking a Captain America suit:
And here’s Laurenne Ross in her Captain Marvel get-up:
And here’s Mikaela Shiffrin wearing the same thing:
“We’re thrilled to be working with Marvel in bringing their superheroes to life with the U.S. Ski Team and beyond,” said Brady Collings, vice president of marketing for Spyder, per The Mary Sue. “Given Marvel’s inspirational impact around the world, we have an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the U.S. Ski Team as well as our ambassadors in a broad-reaching way.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 4, 2018, in IMAX and 3D. The sequel is scheduled to be released May 3, 2019.
NBC contributor Josh Cooper Ramo ran into some controversy during the 2018 Winter Olympics after making a comment about the relationship between Japan and South Korea.
As the Washington Post reported, Ramo said on live television that “every Korean will tell you that Japan as a cultural and technological and economic example has been so important to their own transformation.” The comment was made after Ramo spoke of Japan’s 35-year occupation of the region.
Many were upset with the comments, which seemed to ignore various crimes against committed against the Korean people. These included, as the New York Times pointed out, forcing Korean women into sex work.
Several viewers called the comment callous.
"During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday, we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, 'representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.' We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize."
Call it Beyoncé On Ice.
Méité, decked out in a black-and-gold sequined jumpsuit, skated to a medley of Beyoncé’s hits, including “Run the World (Girls)” and “Halo,” Cosmopolitan reported.
The International Skating Union adopted rules allowing music with lyrics after the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, The New York Times reported. Traditionally, skaters could only perform to instrumental versions of songs, Billboard reported.
Méité, 23, said she picked Beyoncé for her routine because “(Her music) is crazy, wild, and fun," she told the magazine. “You can just dance to it, and that's how I am.”
Méité, a four-time national champ, had a few rough spots during her performance Sunday, including a tumble during the middle of the program, but her choice of music certainly stood out.
She also performed her Beyoncé ice skating short program in January at the European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow.
Red Gerard seemed to be an afterthought heading into Sunday’s final run of men’s slopestyle at the 2018 Winter Olympics, ranked 11th out of the 12 finalists. Instead, the diminutive 17-year-old from Silverthorne, Colorado, delivered a sparkling effort, scoring 87.16 points to edge Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris to win the gold medal. It was the United States’ first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
So who is this guy?
Redmond Gerard stands barely 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 117 pounds. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 29, 2000. He is the sixth of seven children; he has four brothers and two sisters. One of his sisters, Tieghan Gerard, has blogged about food in Half Baked Harvest since 2012. In September she published “Halfbaked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains.”
Tieghan and the rest of her siblings, along with her parents, are in South Korea for the Olympics.
According to The Denver Post, Gerard showed up in South Korea like “an accidental tourist,” insisting that “I honestly don’t know what the Olympics is.”
His father, Conrad Gerard, misplaced a ticket to his son’s final run but managed to talk his way into the grandstands.
“I was jerking around with tickets. What can you say?” Conrad Gerard told the Post. “So what if I missed the first run, which I did. I just got here a little late. But I saw what counted. And it was surreal. I mean, are you kidding me? My son just won an Olympic gold medal.”
Red Gerard’s gold-medal run included a backslide triple cork 1440 that wowed the judges.
It was culmination of a career that began when he was 2 years old. When his family moved to Colorado, Gerard’s career took off. He had a sponsorship deal by the time he was 11, the Post reported.
His family built a snowboard park in his backyard, but it was Sage Kotsenburg’s gold-medal winning effort in the men’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that proved to be Gerard’s biggest inspiration.
“I was like, this can not be right,” he told NBC Sports in 2017. “He won, and he was doing some crazy grabs. That’s what really got my mind flowing on style stuff and making snowboarding different, to be honest.”
Gerard isn’t finished competing yet. He will be in action Feb. 20 in the qualifying round for the Big Air snowboarding competition, which is making its Olympic debut. If he gets to the final, Gerard will compete for a medal on Feb. 23.
Kim Jong Un has extended a formal invitation to South Korean president Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea, which would be the first meeting between the two countries since 2007, CNN reported.
The invitation was presented to Moon by Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, when the two met at Seoul’s presidential palace Saturday, spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.
Moon said the two countries “should accomplish this (meeting) by creating the right conditions,” CNN reported.
Kim Yo Jong’s visit to South Korea was the first time that a member of North Korea’s ruling family has visited since the Korean War, which ended in 1953.
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