How to Watch Olympic Figure Skating Women's Short Program

Mirai Nagasu

Ladies' figure skating highlights live primetime coverage on NBC and NBCSN, as reigning USA champion Bradie Tennell leads the Americans, joined by 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu, who became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics earlier at these Games, and 2017 us champion Karen Chen. They'll be in pursuit of Russian skaters Evgenia Medvedeva, who came to South Korea as the favorite, and 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, who stunned the skating world with a dazzling, 82.92 score to lead all skaters headed into the final, free skate portion.

With Moscow training partners Alina Zagitova or Evgenia Medvedeva expected to win the first gold medal for Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, the United States just hopes for respect after finishing ninth, 10th and 11th on the first day.

She also praised herself for helping the USA women's team secure a bronze medal in the team event.

But the United States team was never behind Italy in any of the eight rounds of the team event, according to USA Today.

"What I can say is that there is a lot of pressure", Chen said, "and Bradie and I, this is our first time at the Olympics". Chen, 18, makes her Olympic debut tonight.

Medvedeva had set a world mark in the short program, and a few minutes later her countrywoman beat it.

"I'm not very fond of being in the first warmup, but it is what it is", Tennell said.

She didn't even attempt the jump during her free skate.

Nagasu's chance of individual hardware realistically disappeared the moment she fell on her triple axel during Wednesday's short program.

'She really is the best of the U.S. ladies in skating skill, ' Lipinksi said.

Nagasu, fourth in Vancouver, fell on her triple axel and earned a score of 66.93 for ninth place.

She didn't want to race on back-to-back days, like she did with the giant slalom and slalom, where she entered as the defending champion and finished fourth. "I tried so hard and I worked my butt off and I'm so proud to have competed with such incredible girls", she told NBC. I've gotten some date requests, which is kind of cool I guess.

"The rest of the world just has to catch up", Tennell said. While Nagasu's parents are immigrants, she was born in California.

"I found an unbelievable high level in my skating that I thought wasn't possible and I found. passion for the sport that I thought was not possible", she added. "Only slightly bummed I'm not skiing it today cause we have 4 girls who are ready to hammer down and I can't wait to watch!"

But after landing her opening triple lutz, Tennell was unable to hold onto her triple toe loop, falling on the second half of a combination that had become so familiar.

Chen: "Yes, please. I have tried it years ago when I was junior, I was able to land it. but I broke my foot not long after, not from doing the triple, and had to take a break". But she wasn't focused on her disappointing performance where she finished 10th and failed to take off on her triple axle jump.

Of course, she could have become a star if she didn't mentally check out of this competition. "We went to the Team USA House on the lunar holiday, and it took four hours just to get to the mountain", she said. When did the once-proud nation that produced seven gold medalists between the 1952 Oslo Games and the 2006 Turin Games get lapped by Russia, Japan and Canada? Before her warmup, Chen ran into the stands to give her mother a quick hug, "but for sure, I definitely missed her". "And you know, I practice it a bunch of times and you've just got to go out there and do what you can do". She talked about how, after medaling in the team event, she and her teammates "had so many other commitments".

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