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    jasminewu

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    Mirai Nagasu

    Post  jasminewu on Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:18 am

    She loves the color pink, eating sweet and spicy foods, and hanging out with her friends. Next to that, she has placed at the top in several international figure skating competitions, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and will be competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Who is she? A teen with a flair for figure skating – Mirai Nagasu.

    On Jan. 23, at the 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, Mirai placed second overall and was nominated for a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After marching in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Mirai returned home, trained for a week, and flew back on Feb. 19. [Now, she goes on to prepare for the Winter Olympics, where she will compete with figure skaters from all over the world, including her fellow U.S. team member Rachael Flatt from Del Mar.] < (Not sure if this will work given the publishing date…) The first ladies competition was on Feb. 23, with the gold medal final on Feb. 25. (Note to editors: Page finals Feb. 22 and GTP is Feb. 24… Should I just leave it like this or update it at the last second or something?)

    Mirai’s history with ice skating has been a long one. She began ice skating when she was five but became more serious about the sport at the age of eleven, winning the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in 2005. In 2008, Mirai won the United States Figure Skating Championships and would have gone on to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, but at the time, she was 14 and too young, according to the rules, to compete in the international competition. However, Mirai honored this rule, acknowledging that the International Skating Union (ISU) had their reasons for enforcing it. Instead, she went on to compete and win the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Despite being a fun and spirited teen, Mirai is able to show her focused side on the ice while performing dance moves and complex flips; like any other teen involved in a sport, Mirai knows the focus and commitment expected of her. Mirai dropped out of AHS in 2009, opting for an online schooling program that better fitted her skating career. Also, about a week before the 2010 U.S. Championships, Mirai knew she had to step it up in order to land a spot in the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, especially after placing 5th in last year’s U.S. Championships and 4th and 5th in two competitions after that. In an interview, Mirai once called herself “talented but lazy,” stressing her need to push herself regardless of her skill. Thankfully, Mirai came through with her hard work and placed second at the U.S. Championships, gaining a spot on the U.S. team.

    (Editors: Not sure about how to write the end of this, because GTP is Feb. 24 and by then she will have competed in the first round of figure skating.)

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    Re: Mirai Nagasu

    Post  Joanna Liao on Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:54 pm

    She loves the color pink, eating sweet and spicy foods, and hanging out with her friends. Next to that, she has placed at the top in several international figure skating competitions, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and will be competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Who is she? A teen with a flair for figure skating – Mirai Nagasu.

    On Jan. 23, at the 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, Mirai placed second overall and was nominated for a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After marching in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Mirai returned home, trained for a week, and flew back on Feb. 19. [Now, she goes on to prepare for the Winter Olympics, where she will compete with figure skaters from all over the world, including her fellow U.S. team member Rachael Flatt from Del Mar.] < (Not sure if this will work given the publishing date…) The first ladies competition was on Feb. 23, with the gold medal final on Feb. 25. (Note to editors: Page finals Feb. 22 and GTP is Feb. 24… Should I just leave it like this or update it at the last second or something?)

    Mirai’s history with ice skating has been a long one. She began ice skating when she was five but became more serious about the sport at the age of eleven, winning the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in 2005. In 2008, Mirai won the United States Figure Skating Championships and would have gone on to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, but at the time, she was 14 and too young, according to the rules, to compete in the international competition (run-on). However, Mirai honored this rule, acknowledging that the International Skating Union (ISU) had their reasons for enforcing it. Instead, she went on to compete and win the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Despite being a fun and spirited teen, Mirai is able to show her focused side on the ice while performing dance moves and complex flips; (start new sentence) like any other teen involved in a sport, Mirai knows the focus and commitment expected of her. Mirai dropped out of AHS in 2009, opting for an online schooling program that better fitted her skating career. Also, about a week before the 2010 U.S. Championships, Mirai knew she had to step it up in order to land a spot in the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, especially after placing 5th in last year’s U.S. Championships and 4th and 5th in two competitions after that. In an interview, Mirai once called herself “talented but lazy,” stressing her need to push herself regardless of her skill. Thankfully, Mirai came through with her hard work and placed second at the U.S. Championships, gaining a spot on the U.S. team.

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    Re: Mirai Nagasu

    Post  jasminewu on Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:29 am

    She loves the color pink, eating sweet and spicy foods, and hanging out with her friends. Next to that, she has placed at the top in several international figure skating competitions, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and will be competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Who is she? A teen with a flair for figure skating – Mirai Nagasu.

    On Jan. 23, at the 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, Mirai placed second overall and was nominated for a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After marching in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Mirai returned home, trained for a week, and flew back on Feb. 19. [Now, she goes on to prepare for the Winter Olympics, where she will compete with figure skaters from all over the world, including her fellow U.S. team member Rachael Flatt from Del Mar.] < (Not sure if this will work given the publishing date…) The first ladies competition was on Feb. 23, with the gold medal final on Feb. 25. (Note to editors: Page finals Feb. 22 and GTP is Feb. 24… Should I just leave it like this or update it at the last second or something?)

    Mirai’s history with ice skating has been a long one. She began ice skating when she was five but became more serious about the sport at the age of eleven, winning the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in 2005. In 2008, Mirai won the United States Figure Skating Championships and would have gone on to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, but at the time, she was 14 and too young, according to the rules, to compete in the international competition. However, Mirai honored this rule, acknowledging that the International Skating Union (ISU) had their reasons for enforcing it. "I think these restrictions are good because they give us the chance to let our bodies grow," Nagasu said. "We develop into our mature bodies, our bodies get stronger and so we're more fit for the bigger events." Later on, she went on to compete and win the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Despite being a fun and spirited teen, Mirai is able to show her focused side on the ice while performing dance moves and complex flips; like any other teen involved in a sport, Mirai knows the focus and commitment expected of her. Mirai dropped out of AHS in 2009, opting for an online schooling program that better fitted her skating career. Also, about a week before the 2010 U.S. Championships, Mirai knew she had to step it up in order to land a spot in the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, especially after placing 5th in last year’s U.S. Championships and 4th and 5th in two competitions after that. In an interview, Mirai once called herself “talented but lazy,” stressing her need to push herself regardless of her skill. Thankfully, Mirai came through with her hard work and placed second at the U.S. Championships, gaining a spot on the U.S. team.

    (Editors: I'm going to add a little more during the beginning of second period.)

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    Re: Mirai Nagasu

    Post  jasminewu on Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:47 am

    Like your average teen, she loves the color pink, eating sweet and spicy foods, and hanging out with her friends. But on top of that, she has placed at the top in several international figure skating competitions, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and will be competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Who is she? A teen with a flair for figure skating – Mirai Nagasu.

    On Jan. 23, at the 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, Mirai placed second overall and was nominated for a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After marching in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Mirai returned home, trained for a week, and flew back on Feb. 19. [Now, she goes on to prepare for the Winter Olympics, where she will compete with figure skaters from all over the world, including her fellow U.S. team member Rachael Flatt from Del Mar.] < (Not sure if this will work given the publishing date…) The ladies short program competition was on Feb. 23, with the long program on Feb. 25. (Note to editors: Page finals Feb. 22 and GTP is Feb. 24… Should I just leave it like this or update it at the last second or something?)

    Mirai’s history with ice skating has been a long one. Mirai began ice skating when she was five but became more serious about the sport at the age of eleven, winning the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in 2005. In 2008, Mirai won the United States Figure Skating Championships and would have gone on to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, but she was 14 at the time - too young, according to the rules, to compete in the international competition. However, Mirai honored this rule set by the International Skating Union (ISU), acknowledging that ISU had their reasons for enforcing it. "I think these restrictions are good because they give us the chance to let our bodies grow," Nagasu said. "We develop into our mature bodies, our bodies get stronger and so we're more fit for the bigger events." Later on that year, she went on to compete and win the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Despite being a fun and spirited teen, Mirai is able to show her focused side on the ice while performing dance moves and complex flips; like any other teen involved in a sport, Mirai knows the focus and dedication expected of her. Mirai dropped out of AHS in 2009, opting for an online schooling program that better fitted her skating career. Also, not too long ago, Mirai proved her commmitment by stepping it up for the 2010 U.S. Championships. Mirai knew she had to work hard to land a spot in the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, especially after placing 5th in last year's U.S. Championships and 4th and 5th in two competitions after that. In an interview, Mirai once called herself “talented but lazy,” stressing her need to push herself regardless of her skill. Thankfully, Mirai came through with her hard work and placed second at the U.S. Championships, gaining a spot on the U.S. team.

    I'm still trying to get quotes.

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    hey

    Post  andrewlin on Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:54 am

    this is really long. i put in a bunch of quotes, tweaked the writing, and now we just need to cut it down to fit the front page.

    Like your average teen, she loves the color pink, eating sweet and spicy foods, and hanging out with her friends. But on top of that, she has placed at the top in several international figure skating competitions, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and will be competing in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Who is she? A teen with a flair for figure skating – Mirai Nagasu.

    On Jan. 23, at the 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, Mirai placed second overall and was nominated for a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After marching in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Mirai returned home, trained for a week, and flew back on Feb. 19. Now, she prepares for the Winter Olympics, where she will compete with figure skaters from all over the world, including her fellow U.S. team member Rachael Flatt from Del Mar. The ladies short program competition was on Feb. 23, with the long program on Feb. 25.

    Mirai’s history with ice skating has been a long one. Mirai began ice skating when she was five but became more serious about the sport at the age of eleven, winning the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in 2005. In 2008, Mirai won the United States Figure Skating Championships and would have gone on to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, but she was 14 at the time - too young, according to the rules, to compete in the international competition. However, Mirai honored this rule set by the International Skating Union (ISU), acknowledging that ISU had their reasons for enforcing it. "I think these restrictions are good because they give us the chance to let our bodies grow," Nagasu said. "We develop into our mature bodies, our bodies get stronger and so we're more fit for the bigger events." Later on that year, she went on to compete and win the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Despite being a fun and spirited teen, Mirai is able to show her focused side on the ice while performing dance moves and complex flips; like any other teen involved in a sport, Mirai knows the focus and dedication expected of her. Mirai dropped out of AHS in 2009, opting for an online schooling program that better fitted her skating career, according to Mirai, let her “sleep at decent hours,” and “train while others are at school which means that I can skate on ice that's not crowded.” Also, not too long ago, Mirai proved her commmitment by stepping it up for the 2010 U.S. Championships. Mirai knew she had to work hard to land a spot in the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, especially after placing 5th in last year's U.S. Championships and 4th and 5th in two competitions after that. In an interview, Mirai once described herself as “talented but lazy,” stressing the need to push herself. Thankfully, Mirai came through with her hard work and placed second at the U.S. Championships, gaining a spot on the U.S. team.

    “This place is beyond imaginable,” responded Mirai when asked about the atmosphere in Vancouver, “there are so many freaking athletes from every country [in the Olympic Village]--it's really cool!”

    But of course preparing to represent America at the Olympics can be stressful, to say the least. When asked what she felt was the hardest part about competing, Mirai said, “Competing is not really bad at all--it's the waiting that is the hard part. Waiting between the six minute warm up and the time you get on the ice to skate your program, I mean. This is the time that you have to believe in yourself the most because your nerves can take over…You just have to stay focused and think positive.”

    And it is precisely because of the stress that this ice skater finds time for herself. “I make time for the RR (rest and relaxation),” as Mirai calls it. And when asked about her diet, she admitted, “Well, I try to eat as healthy as I can, but at the end of the day, after a hard day of work, I usually fall to the temptations.”

    But her parents are her greatest external source of strength. “My parents are the reason that I'm able to get myself out of bed and ice skate—literally,” said Mirai, “because if they weren't there to support me and help me every step of the way, I'd have probably slept through half of the excitement.”

    When asked if the adoration she receives from her fans ever becomes suffocating, Mirai said, “I'm not really that famous, actually. It's not like the whole world loves me like Harry Potter. So none of the support I get from people is ever suffocating. It just continues to motivate me when I know that people are behind my back.”

    And with all eyes to the Feb. 25 free skate event, and entire country and most definitely this high school at her back, Mirai prepares to finish the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with a bang. No matter what, we will be cheering her on, the pride of Arcadia High School.

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    Re: Mirai Nagasu

    Post  jasminewu on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:31 am

    Like your average teen, she loves the color pink, eating sweet and spicy foods, and hanging out with her friends. But on top of that, she has placed at the top in several international figure skating competitions, qualified for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, and [is competing/has competed] in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. Who is she? A teen with a flair for figure skating--Mirai Nagasu.

    On Jan. 23, at the 2010 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships, Mirai placed second overall and was nominated for a position on the 2010 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. After marching in the opening ceremonies on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Mirai returned home, trained for a week, and flew back on Feb. 19. On Feb. 23, Mirai competed in the ladies' short program and received a score of _______. [Although she did not qualify for free skate, _______] or [… received a score of ____, qualifying her for the free skate which will be held today, Feb. 25.]

    Mirai began ice skating when she was five but became more serious about the sport at the age of eleven, winning the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships in 2005. In 2008, Mirai won the United States Figure Skating Championships and would have gone on to the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships, but she was 14 at the time - too young, according to the rules, to compete in the international competition. Mirai acknowledged that the International Skating Union (ISU) had their reasons for enforcing it. "I think these restrictions are good because they give us the chance to let our bodies grow," Mirai said. "We develop into our mature bodies, our bodies get stronger and so we're more fit for the bigger events." Later on that year, she went on to compete and win the 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    Despite being a fun and spirited teen, Mirai is able to show her focused side on the ice while performing dance moves and complex flips; like any other teen involved in a sport, Mirai knows the focus and dedication expected of her. Mirai dropped out of AHS in 2009, opting for an online schooling program that better fitted her skating career. Also, not too long ago, Mirai proved her commmitment by stepping it up for the 2010 U.S. Championships. Mirai knew she had to work hard to land a spot in the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. In an interview, Mirai once described herself as “talented but lazy,” stressing the need to push herself. Thankfully, Mirai came through with her hard work and placed second at the U.S. Championships, gaining a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

    “This place is beyond imaginable,” responded Mirai when asked about the atmosphere in Vancouver, “there are so many freaking athletes from every country [in the Olympic Village]--it's really cool!”

    But of course, preparing to represent America at the Olympics can be stressful, to say the least. When asked what she felt was the hardest part about competing, Mirai said, “It's the waiting that is the hard part. Waiting between the six minute warm up and the time you get on the ice to skate your program, I mean. This is the time that you have to believe in yourself the most because your nerves can take over.”

    Mirai says her parents are her greatest external source of strength. “My parents are the reason that I'm able to get myself out of bed and ice skate—-literally,” said Mirai, “because if they weren't there to support me and help me every step of the way, I'd have probably slept through half of the excitement.”

    And with all eyes to the Feb. 25 free skate event [if she qualifies], and entire country and most definitely this high school at her back, Mirai prepares to finish the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with a bang.

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