USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu fell short of her goals during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
After it was clear that she would fail to reach the podium, Nagasu made comments that raised some eyebrows and led to conversation about just how seriously she had approached the Olympics.
Nagasu said that her final skate was an audition for ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” She also appeared to throw some teammates under the bus by saying that she “saved” them and also generated a beef with Canadian skater Gabrielle Daleman.
It was all so bizarre, but now Nagasu is apologizing.
“I feel really, really awful about the things I said,” she told PEOPLE on Saturday, in tears. “I feel bad that people think that I was throwing my teammates under the bus because I never wanted to come off that way.
“I used that as a distraction and I probably should have kept it to myself. … It didn’t come out the way I wanted it to.”
You can read the full interview by clicking here.
The United States ultimately finished with 23 overall medals — 9 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze.
Gold medalists for the United States during the Winter Olympics were Redmond Gerard, Jamie Anderson, Chloe Kim, Shaun White, Mikaela Shiffrin, Jessica Diggins, Kikkan Randal, the women’s hockey team, David Wise and the men’s curling team.
Chris Mazdzer, John-Henry Krueger, Nick Goepper, Lauren Gibbs, Elana Meyers Taylor, Mikaela Shiffrin, Alex Ferreira, Jamie Anderson and Kyle Mack earned gold, while the figure skating team, Arielle Gold, Alex and Maia Shibutani, Brita Sigourney, Lindsey Vonn and the women’s team pursuit speed skating team brought home the bronze.