Mirai Nagasu Keeps Smiling...Even Without A Medal
"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."