Mirai Nagasu has had a busy year. After securing a bronze medal in the team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the USA figure skater has been announced as a cast member on the upcoming all-athlete season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”
Nagasu is joined by fellow Olympians Adam Rippon (figure skating), Jamie Anderson (snowboarding) and Chris Mazdzer (luge).
It is a dream come true for the 24-year-old who trains out of Colorado Springs. Following a disappointing solo performance at the Olympics, Nagasu came under fire for saying that her final skate was an audition for “Dancing With The Stars.”
“I smiled in the middle of my program, which is very rare for me. I thought of this as my audition for ‘Dancing With the Stars,'” Nagasu told the media in South Korea after her final performance, via ABC. “I would like to be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ because I want to be a star.”
She later apologized for the comments.
Nagasu is a three-time Four Continents medalist (silver in 2016, bronze in 2011 and 2017), the 2007 JGP Final champion, a two-time World Junior medalist (silver in 2007, bronze in 2008), and a seven-time U.S. national medalist (gold in 2008, silver in 2010 and 2018, bronze in 2011 and 2014, pewter in 2016 and 2017).
At age 14 in 2008, Nagasu became the youngest to win the U.S. senior ladies’ title since Tara Lapinski. She also made history during the 2018 Olympics, become the third woman ever and the first American female figure skater in history to land a triple axel at the Winter Games.