Mirai Nagasu motived by Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White

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Mirai Nagasu won the 2008 U.S. national championships a decade ago. She competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games and finished fourth at just 16 years old.

Now 24, she’s back in her second Olympic Games – she was not named to the Sochi team – with more technical prowess in her arsenal than ever.

She was the first U.S. woman to land a triple Axel at the Olympics, and just the third woman ever to accomplish the feat. She earned a team event bronze medal alongside the rest of the U.S. squad for her efforts.

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The ladies’ short program is Tuesday, February 20 in Primetime on NBC and NBCOlympics.com and the free skate is Thursday, February 22 in Primetime on NBC and NBCOlympics.com.