Mirai Nagasu: U.S. Figure Skating Winner

Sunday, January 27, 2008

While we're many smackdowns away from the "golden years" of figure skating with Tanya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, and the sport has since seen a steady decline as it's looked for the next Michelle Kwan - maybe there's hope yet in 14 year-old Japanese American Mirai Nagasu who just won the U.S. Figure Skating title, and who is also the second youngest to win the award.

Born in California, and holding dual citizenship here in the U.S. as well as Japan - which has increased her popularity there - apparently Nagasu was a relative unknown up until 2007 where she won the 2007 Nationals and has since started taking the skating world by storm.

At the same time, while Mirai Nagasu won first place, Chinese American skater Caroline Zhang who is also 14, rallied from seventh place to take fourth place overall in the competition.

Read more down at the NY Times and Chicago Tribune.