Nagasu's chance of individual hardware realistically disappeared the moment she fell on her triple axel during Wednesday's short program.
Medvedeva had not lost a competition in two years until she was beaten by Zagitova at the European Championships in Moscow. "You just stick a tampon up there", Mirai, who just made history as the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, told Cosmopolitan. Instead, she focused on the team event where the USA won bronze.
A mentally spent Mirai Nagasu told reporters she couldn't wait to fly home after ending her Olympics on Friday afternoon with a disappointing and anticlimactic free skate, sounding mostly relieved it was over. However, when it came to her grand finale in the women's long program, she failed to replicate the triple axel jump and finished in 10th place overall, ABC News reported. I do like her routine and how peaceful it is, but I think her triple axel was slow and I didn't have that big of a reaction when she landed it in comparison to other triple axels I have seen.
Nagasu's performance in the team skate helped push the Americans over the finish line, but the US was always considered the favorite for bronze, according to USA Today.
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Nagasu also said she "saved the team event", along with Adam Rippon and the Shibutanis.
Nagasu said she was disappointed in her fall, but added, "If I would have done a double, I would have been more angry with myself for not going for it [.] you can fall and still get up and keep going". The triple axel is the only jump where the skater enters from a forward position and rotates three and a half rotations. Even celebrities are praising the skater, with Reese Witherspoon calling the 24-year-old her hero.
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GOLDMAN: This year's USA national champion Bradie Tennell, who rarely falls in competition, did. "So it's really cool that I'm able to follow along in the shadow I guess".
When Medvedeva returned to the sport during the European Championships, Zagitova beat her by just over five points.
Vonn will face another top American skier on Thursday in South Korea when she takes on Mikaela Shiffrin in the women's Alpine combined event at Jeongseon Alpine Center.
She didn't fall like she did in the short program, but she stepped out of the landing on two jumps.
Tennell's fall is her first this season.
If you look closer though, Nagasu's, Chen's, and Tennell's performances also mark a rare time when one country has three skaters make the top 11. "The doctor said it was an overuse injury, so just too much impact", Tennell said.
It's the first time ever that the US failed to put a single woman in the top six, but the results were in line with the world rankings. We've had so many other commitments.