Mirai Nagasu didn't win an Olympic medal in the women's free skate Thursday night, but she still couldn't stop smiling. Why? Because she was just one spot away from standing on the podium and she's only 16 years old.
"I'm just happy I was able to be right behind those top competitors because it's my first really big international competition," Mirai explains. This is only the second time that the U.S. hasn't won a medal in this Olympic category in over half a century. Mirai's American teammate, Rachael Flatt, 17, placed 7th. "I wish that I could've gotten a better score, but you make do and just continue to improve," Rachael explains. "Got to make sure I fix those flips."
Mirai joked around about going home empty-handed, "Most 16-year-olds medal at their first Olympics. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to keep up that U.S. trend. But, hopefully, I'll be able to make up for it when I get to come back, I hope, for the next Olympics."
Still, she's keeping her focus set on four years from now, "At 16 you don't have the experience and the maturity that [gold and silver medalists Kim Yu-na and Mao Asada] skate with. Hopefully, by [the next Olympics] I'll be able to get that."