Mirai Nagasu Is U.S. Figure Skating Champion

January 26, 2008

Meet Mirai Nagasu, the 14-year-old skating phenom who just won the U.S. Figure Skating Championship. See photos, video and a biography of Mirai below.

Mirai Nagasu became the second youngest woman to win the U.S. Figure Skating Championship earlier this evening, and unfortunately for her, she cannot go on to the world championships in March because she is not old enough. You must be 15 by the previous July 1st, and she turns 15 on April 16.

“I’m not necessarily disappointed about not being able to go to worlds,” said Nagasu, who will go to the junior world championships. “I definitely don’t think I’m ready for anything that high yet.”

She had a big lead going into the free skate this evening, leading the pack by 12 points. Kimmie Meissner finished a disappointing seventh place in her bid to defend her title.

Mirai Nagasu Biography

As a biography, Mirai Nagasu was born on April 16, 1993 in Montebello, California. She is 14 years old and had a growth spurt this year, going from 4’7″ to 4’11”.

Mirai started skating at 5 years old, when her parents took her to the rink since she was unable to play golf because it was raining outside.

Mirai has dual citizenship with Japan and the United States; her parents both were born in Japan. She currently attends Arcadia High School as a freshman.

In 2007, she won several titles as a Junior:

  • Junior Grand Prix Final
  • Junior Grand Prix (Croatia)
  • Junior Grand Pri (Lake Placid)
  • State Farm U.S. Championships, Junior
  • Pacific Coast Sectional, Junior
  • Southwest Pacific Regional, Junior
  • A bit of trivia for you – Mirai, means “the future”…well folks…she definitely is skating’s future.

    Find out more about Mirai here.

    Photos and video of Mirai Nagasu are below.

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