Pasadena Ice Skaters Host Watch Party as Local Olympian Falls on Ice

Published : Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6:49 AM

Mirai_NAGASUA week after Pasadena Skating Club Olympian Mirai Nagasu made history as the first American woman to land the triple axel jump in Olympic competition, she returned to attempt the feat a second time in the ladies’ short program, but slipped on landing and fell hands and knees first to the ice.

Her friends at the Pasadena Skating Club were watching the live coverage on TV at a viewing party organized for the event at Matt Denny’s Restaurant in Arcadia Tuesday night. Nagasu is a member of the club. Admission was free and the club provided cake for dessert.

Her previous performance on February 11 helped American win bronze in the team competition. It was also the first time a member of the Pasadena Figure Skating Club has ever won an Olympic medal.

Neither of Nagasu’s teammates, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell, completed clean programs. But all three did score high enough and qualified to advance to Friday’s free skate.

The 24-year-old Pasadena resident is currently ninth place in the overall rankings. Nagasu also currently leads her teammates in terms of score, since attempting a triple axel, even if a skater falls, carries higher points than a double or single. She will have her final Olympic competition this year on Friday.

Nagasu first competed in the 2010 Olympics ladies singles and finished fourth in the event. She returned to the Olympics this year after missing the 2014 Winter Olympics; she was not among the three U.S. skaters chosen to compete in ladies singles despite finishing third at the national championship.

Last month, she was chosen for a spot on the Olympic team by a U.S. Figure Skating committee based on her performance in a series of events, including a second-place finish in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.