Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Wants to Go 'Dancing With the Stars'

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That's the kind of rhetoric expected of an overfed and overpaid newspaper columnist, not an Olympic champion.

As expected, Russian Federation went one-two on Friday, led by Alina Zagitova, who at 15 became the second-youngest Olympic singles champion of all time (26 days older than Tara Lipinski in 1998).

This might be unpleasant to read, but many others in the field encountered the same obstacles she did. Since 1945, at least one US woman had finished in sixth place or better.

On Thursday, Zagitova went first, greeted by chants and cheers from the Russian fans desperate for that first gold.

Medvedeva seemed well on her way to Olympic gold as she went unbeaten for two seasons.

What must she do to rival the world's best in four years?

Fleming is eager to see what the Americans can do, but she anticipates it will take time - and a special talent - to recapture interest. Who can blame her?

"I don't have the strength to do that", said Nagasu, a 24-year-old veteran.

Dancing with the Stars has announced a shortened all-athlete Season 26 set to premiere in the spring. "It is really rare for me but I enjoyed myself and I thought of this as my audition (for DWTS)". "Of course, she could have become a star if she didn't mentally check out of this competition", he wrote. According to USA Today's Christine Brennan it was the "worst collective US women's figure skating performance at an Olympics".

Tennell's US teammates, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, finished 10th and 11th. And when Karen Chen hit the deck, the Americans were left with their worst short program showing in any Olympics, and now face the prospect of their worst performance overall unless they rally in Friday's free skate.

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Officials might not have understood her actions, but Canadian coach Laura Schuler did. Before this week, Canada's men had never lost to the the Winter Games.

Then there are the novice and junior skaters that are pushing the boundaries of what's possible - phenoms such as Alysa Liu, the talented and precocious 12-year-old from the Bay Area who won the junior USA title in San Jose, California, as the youngest skater in the field.

2014 Sochi bronze medalist Carolina Kostner from Italy finished sixth with 73.15 points.

- It wouldn't be quite accurate to say that the skating world misses Tonya Harding.

"I love competing as part of a team, but also it's been a long, long journey". To her credit, the 20-year-old responded with America's best performance Friday. In a note shared on Twitter and Instagram, she said that a "rut" in the ice had prevented her from executing the triple axel.

"It wasn't that ideal Olympic program, but I'm really happy for getting out there and pulling myself together", she said.

It's the first time ever that the USA failed to put a single woman in the top six, but the results were in line with the world rankings.

What Zagitova did to win gold - putting all of her jumps in the second half of her programs for 10 percent bonuses for each jump - is simply not possible, the U.S.' most daring jumper said.

With the top six skaters to go, the Americans nearly certainly will wind up ninth, 10th and 11th. But she couldn't land the most hard element in women's skating in either individual program, popping the Axel for zero points in the free skate.

She had no explanation for the U.S.'s problems at the Olympics.

Vonn won a bronze medal in the downhill, but skied out of Thursday's slalom leg of the Alpine combined in what was likely her last Olympic race. To be honest, when I first came here I didn't know what to expect.