Saturday, December 25, 2010

Countdown to US Figure Skating Championships: 28 Days!

Mirai Nagasu (Pasadena FSC)

  • 2007 Junior National Champion
  • 2007 Junior World Silver Medalist
  • 2008 US Champion
  • 2008 Junior World Bronze Medalist
  • 2010 US Silver Medalist
  • 2010 Olympics 4th
  • 2010 World Championships 7th

Mirai is one of the most talented skaters the US has ever produced and many feel that she may fill the void in US Ladies skating left by Michelle Kwan. At 17 she is still young and I suspect she will stand on the World podium in the next few years, but she struggles tremendously with consistency. She has all of the goods and if she performs to the best of her abilities, she can compete among the world's best as she showed last season by finishing 4th at the Olympics and winning the short program at Worlds. She struggles specifically with the mental aspect of the sport and when she does well in the short program she places too much pressure on herself and often makes mistakes in her free skate. We saw those types of meltdowns at the 2010 World Championships and at this season's Cup of China. Mirai trains under Frank Carroll, who also coached Michelle Kwan. He has his work cut out with this one and her confidence issues but if she can overcome them, she could regain her US national title here and stand on the World podium this season.  

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