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Mirai Nagasu on missing Olympics: ‘I don’t think I’ll ever agree with the decision’

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Mirai Nagasu remains upset after being left off the U.S. Olympic Team in January, but she still enjoys skating as she sets out on the Stars on Ice Tour beginning in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday.

The 2010 Olympian Nagasu finished third at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston in January but was passed over for the three-woman Olympic Team selected by a U.S. Figure Skating committee.

The committee chooses the Olympic Team not only based on U.S. Championships results but also finishes from recent senior and junior national and international competitions.

The group that went to Sochi was made up of U.S. champion Gracie Gold, second-place Polina Edmunds and fourth-place Ashley Wagner. Wagner won the 2012 and 2013 U.S. Championships.

“I don’t think I’ll ever agree with the decision that they made,” Nagasu told icenetwork.com. “But as I said in my statement at nationals, I can only respect the decision made by the federation.”

Nagasu admirably skated in an exhibition at the U.S. Championships hours after learning she did not make the Olympic Team, attended a send-off party for the Olympic Team and texted Wagner support.

Nagasu was boosted by words from 1988 Olympic champion Brian Boitano.

“He only talked to me for a moment, but he came by and told me that he knew things were hard at the moment, but he also knew I would be stronger because of it,” Nagasu said, according to the website. “He might not even remember what he said, but it really meant a lot. I don’t know if he’ll ever really know how much that meant.”

Nagasu, 20, got sick after the U.S. Championships but competed anyway at the Four Continents Championships later in January, finishing 10th. She has said she will continue skating with a goal of making another Olympic Team.

She’ll likely go up against Gold, Edmunds and Wagner again, as all three are expected to keep skating, too. The 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are in Greensboro, N.C., in January.

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2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

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