In between Lutzes and toe loops, you may have noticed an unusual mark on the inside of US figure skater Mirai Nagasu's leg during her skating performances.
Those were the ups. This competition is typically the qualifier when it is a Winter Olympic season, however the committee who selects the US team favored Ashely Wagner, who came in fourth at the championships that year, because they felt she had a more consistent season. She back loads her jumps to the second half of her programs, which earns her more points.
But where Nagasu really shone was after her program, during several interviews about the fall.
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.
All three US women intend to skate on. That set the stage for an Olympic showdown, and with the Russian team having no gold medal so far, the spotlight was even more glaring for them.
MIRAI NAGASU: I wish I could land it perfectly every time. "I can't focus on them, though". With all of Russian Federation waiting for the first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics, you'd think their relationship could become frayed, but only on the ice. For cash, she became a Colorado Avalanche ice girl during the 2015-2016 ice hockey season. At 33 years old, a medal performance would make her the oldest woman in alpine skiing history to make the podium at the Olympics. "So you gotta do what you gotta do". "I must confess to trying to be a little bit like her". You've already done your triple Axel.
"I felt strong and in the best shape that I've ever been in my entire life, she said. It was not my best, but it was OK", said Medvedeva, who held the record for a few minutes with a score of 81.61. "I hope I get more opportunities to let my personality shine".
Nagasu had to flawless the moment of takeoff in order to achieve the three airborne rotations that create a triple axel, Zakrajsek says. The teen failed to try her triple toeloop that is part of an opening combination jump. Falling short at the 2018 Olympics could provide her with invaluable experience four years from now. "She is extremely fit".
Nagasu finished ninth, with her U.S. team-mates right behind after Karen Chan and Bradie Tennell both had bumps of their own. She practiced the jump during training runs, although she didn't put any triple axels into her program at the time. The two-time Olympian received lots of attention for her team free skate program, where she became the first American woman in history to land a triple axel at the Olympics. You can watch her skate on NBC at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday Feb. 20 (short program), and Thursday (free skate). Therefore, Jeannie got her daughter a pink jump rope and helped her to work on her coordination on their backyard patio because "it was something that she didn't want to give up", Jeannie said.
Karen Chen fumbled during her routine for the women's short program. "Any time she would take off running, she would trip over one of her feet".