There will be no medals Friday for Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia, who stands ninth after falling on her trademark triple axel jump, Karen Chen, who is 10th, or us champion Bradie Tennell, who is 11th, and it will be the third straight Olympics without a top-three finish by an American woman.
Nagasu was part of the US team that won a bronze medal in the team event, finishing second in the ladies free skate portion, becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games.
Bradie Tennell made her Olympic debut over the past weekend at the figure skating team event with a flawless program.
Medvedeva wasn't at her best, yet her mark was a record 81.61. Had she not fallen on the triple axel, she would have earned another four points, enough to put her in the low 70s and in the top seven.
"Maybe I will fall, maybe I will land it", Nagasu said in a press conference from PyeongChang. Download the Team USA app today.
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However, when she returned to the ice to try it again on Tuesday, the 24-year-old superstar wasn't able to nail her landing.
She adds, "And now I get to go live it". As the first skater on the ice, that total should keep her in first place for quite a while.
Tennell, the reigning USA champion who is also competing in her first Games, picked a bad time to fall in competition for the first time this season. Despite her characteristic consistency, Tennell fell on her opening triple Lutz-triple toe combination.
Although the 20-year-old skated to music from a Korean film, she didn't engage the audience as she would have liked because Gangneung Ice Arena had a lot of empty seats due to late-arriving spectators. "Nobody likes to be the first one out there, right?" The two-time Olympian drew acclaim for her team free skate program, where she became the first American woman in history to land a triple axel at the Olympics, helping the United States win bronze in that event.