American figure skater Mirai Nagasu is known for her creative routines on the rink. Thank her sushi chef dad for that. The family runs Kiyosuzu, a restaurant in Arcadia, California known for its sushi roll. One roll, in fact, is named after Mirai Nagasu and it’s the house specialty, obviously.
“My dad is a very creative type of person so he has rolls that make no sense to most people familiar with sushi,” she told USA Today. “He has a High Five roll. What is that? Don’t ask questions. Just try it.”
The 24-year-old also attributed to her mischievous streak to her father. “I like to be bold and different and to go and try things,” she added. “I believe in adventure and imagination and I got that from my parents, and the things I experienced as a child.”
In the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Nagasu suffered a heartbreak when the US selection committee chose Ashley Wagner ahead of her in one of the three spots in the team despite finishing third in the nationals. This time, the Japanese-American finished second in the national qualifiers and Wagner fourth.
For the Winter Games in PyeongChang, for instance, Nagasu will put her creativity in full display as she will reportedly attempt no female figure skater has done in the Olympics—a triple axel.
And she’s going to attempt it not once, but twice. It’s a huge risk that will hopefully net a huge reward for her.
Nagasu has almost perfected the art of the triple axel, and a number of her practice videos where she landed the forward-facing jump flawlessly. In the Olympics, no female figure skater will even attempt the stunt. The last one to do it was Tonya Harding and that was 25 years ago.
“It’s just one jump in the program,” she said. “But at the same time, it’s really cool for me because I am one of the few who has the ability to land it.”