Mirai Nagasu of the United States reacts as her scores are posted for the women's free skate Friday at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. She finished tenth overall.
Watching the free skate program was superfluous to make sense of how the ladies' individual figure skating rivalry finished for the United States. Tuning in to Mirai Nagasu would get the job done.
"I'm prepared to go home," she said.
That is the sort of talk expected of an overloaded and overpaid daily paper feature writer, not an Olympic champion.
Which is, well, why she isn't an Olympic champion, aside from in the field of grumbling.
This may be unpalatable to peruse, yet numerous others in the field experienced similar impediments she did.
The 24-year-old Nagasu was the senior individual from the three-lady U.S. unforeseen here, and it's little ponder the Americans had their most exceedingly terrible appearing in the cutting edge period of the Olympics.
Nagasu heaped up pardons the way Russian gold medalist Alina Zagitova did mix hops.
Nagasu was candidly depleted subsequent to winning a bronze award in the group rivalry. She voyaged four hours a week ago to go to a lunar new year party. She couldn't scrub down.
Yet, hello, she wasn't the special case who stifled Friday at the Gangneung Ice Arena.
"I'd get a kick out of the chance to call attention to that Gabrielle Daleman, who is an Olympic gold medalist (for Canada in the group occasion), likewise didn't have a solid excursion here in the individual," Nagasu said.
Incidentally, if ABC is searching for a challenger for the following period of "Hitting the dance floor with the Stars," Nagasu is accessible.
"I might want to be on 'Hitting the dance floor with the Stars' since I need to be a star," she said.
Obviously, she could have turned into a star on the off chance that she didn't rationally look at of this opposition.
The once-prevailing U.S. group's decrease in ladies' figure skating has turned into a noteworthy argument at these Games, with clarifications fluctuating from the hesitance of Americans to go out on a limb compensated by another scoring framework to how the nonattendance of an otherworldly figure, for example, Michelle Kwan has influenced the game's ubiquity in the nation.
What the skaters said in the post-rivalry interviews indicated another issue: the absence of mental and passionate backbone.
National champion Bradie Tennell was the best U.S. finisher here at ninth. Nagasu was tenth and Karen Chen eleventh.
Until Friday, an American lady had completed 6th or higher at each Olympics since World War II.
The Russians — acquit, the Olympic Athletes From Russia — reaffirmed their predominance in this train, with 15-year-old Zagitova and 18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva dominating the field by a critical edge.
The best American, Tennell, completed in excess of 35 focuses behind Medvedeva, the silver medalist.
"Whatever remains of the world simply needs to make up for lost time," Tennell said.
Tennell never allowed herself to contend, as she was eleventh after the short program. Shockingly, the 20-year-old reacted with America's best execution Friday.
She unearthed a twofold axel-triple toeloop mix, and her left hand touched the ice on a triple lutz. She rescued the program by catching up with a fruitful triple circle twofold toeloop-twofold circle blend.
"It wasn't that impeccable Olympic program, yet I'm extremely upbeat for getting out there and getting a hold of myself," she said.
Tennell promised to be a piece of a U.S. resurgence.
"I can't represent everyone, except for me, I'm staying near and I will fill in as hard as I can to bring us up in the rankings," she said.
The 18-year-old Chen dropped a place, from tenth to eleventh. She fell on a triple circle and landed cumbersomely on a triple salchow.
She had no explaination for the U.S's. issues at the Olympics. The last American lady to win an individual award was Sasha Cohen, in 2006.
"What I can state is that there is a considerable measure of weight," Chen stated, "and Bradie and I, this is our first time at the Olympics. To be completely forthright, when I initially came here I didn't realize what's in store. I knew it would have been enormous, it would have been fabulous, however that was about it. I didn't comprehend what the media would have been similar to, I didn't realize what the ice would have been similar to, I didn't have a thought of what the town would have been similar to, so it was all so fresh out of the box new and all so extraordinary."
She specified another factor: She couldn't see her mom.
"The greatest change for me was not having the capacity to see my mother day in and day out," she said. "For me, that was something that I extremely missed.
"We attempted to call and FaceTime each different however much as could reasonably be expected. I really ran upstairs to give her an embrace and simply talk for a concise second before I boiled down to warm up. Without a doubt, I unquestionably missed her."
Nagasu said she was happy with the bronze decoration she won in the group occasion. In that opposition, she turned into the principal American lady — and just the third lady from any nation — to arrive a triple axel at the Olympics.
Nagasu neglected to arrive the bounce in the short program and neglected to arrive it again Friday, popping it.
"I've been crying each day since the group occasion since I was so cheerful, yet then we needed to continue preparing and preparing and preparing," Nagasu said.
You know who else skated in the group occasion? The three skaters who won awards, including Kaetlyn Osmond, the bronze medalist from Canada.
"Possibly it won't be sufficient for someone else or perhaps another person could have completed a superior occupation," she stated, "however I didn't down."
As a matter of fact, that is precisely what it seemed as though she did. Furthermore, if the up and coming age of American skaters neglects to grow more flexibility, it won't win any decorations, either.