Is Mirai Nagasu America's Best Chance For A Ladies Figure Skating Medal?

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Sixteen-year-old figure skating champ Mirai Nagasu laces up for tonight's ladies short program at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics -- will she win? Not likely. But the 2008 U.S. National champ is probably America's best bet for a medal, if she can pull off the routine she has planned.

In the days leading up to tonight's event, Mirai has been spotted practicing her short program with her triple-lutz/triple-toe loop jumping combination - a somewhat daring move for a short program, when skaters usually try to avoid risks and just execute a clean program before going into the next night's long program (a fall in the short program pretty much puts you out of medal contention).

But with intense competition from South Korea's Kim Yu-Na, Canada's Joannie Rochette and Japan's Miki Ando and Mao Asada, Mirai definitely has her work cut out for her. And then there's Rachael Flatt, the reigning U.S. champion who also has a triple-triple combination.

We wanted to get to know Mirai a little better so we scanned her official website and learned that the California native is originally from Arcadia, but now calls Burbank home. Her favorite color is pink, her favorite food is anything sweet or spicy and her favorite book is Twilight.

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States talks with coach Frank Carroll as she practices on Monday, February 22, 2010, for her women's figure skating routine during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (George Bridges/MCT)

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States practices on Monday, February 22, 2010, for her women's figure skating routine during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (George Bridges/MCT)

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States practices on Monday, February 22, 2010, for her women's figure skating routine during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (George Bridges/MCT)

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States practices on Monday, February 22, 2010, for her women's figure skating routine during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (George Bridges/MCT)

Mirai Nagasu Photos

Mirai Nagasu of the United States practices on Monday, February 22, 2010, for her women's figure skating routine during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (George Bridges/MCT)

Mirai Nagasu Photos

Mirai Nagasu of the United States practices on Monday, February 22, 2010, for her women's figure skating routine during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. (George Bridges/MCT)

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US Mirai Nagasu performs during her figure skating training session during the 2010 Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on February 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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US Mirai Nagasu perform during the Ladies Figure Skating training session on February 21, 2010, in the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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US Mirai Nagasu performs during her figure skating training session during the 2010 Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on February 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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US Mirai Nagasu performs during her figure skating training session during the 2010 Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on February 21, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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