Ice Skating Olympian with Pasadena Roots Readies for Action in South Korea

Published : Friday, February 9, 2018 | 9:51 PM

Mirai Nagasu

Image Courtesy Mirai Nagasu Twitter

U.S. Figure skater Mirai Nagasu will be front and center on just about every media platform imaginable when the 2018 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea Friday, February 9, 2018

A longtime resident of Arcadia, Nagasu got her start at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center at the city’s Convention Center. She is the is the 2018 U.S. silver medalist.

A decade ago, Nagasu won the U.S. ladies title in 2008 and placed fourth at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the second American woman in history to land a triple Axel in international competition.

“I am very extremely proud of Mirai and I’m so happy for her she’s made it this far,” said Randy Winship, General Manager of the Pasadena Ice Skating Center. “She really deserves this chance to skate in the Olympics again and I’m glad she was able to prove it in such a convincing fashion by winning the silver medal at the U.S. National Championships.”

Nagasu currently lives and trains in Colorado, but that won’t deter her fans at home (in Pasadena and Arcadia) who plan to host a viewing party for the Pasadena Figure Skating Club member and former skating instructor.

Even though she currently lives and trains in Colorado, I know everyone at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center will be anticipating her Olympic performances in Korea.

“I know everyone at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center will be looking forward to her Olympic performances,” Winship said.

In the past, the Winter Olympics have stirred interest in Pasadena’s ice skating program, and Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company, said he expects this year will be no different.

“Our new skating rink is the perfect spot to learn and train,” Ross said. “Who knows? Mirai Nagasu is a great example of what can be accomplished in the sport. We wish her the best this year.

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