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#MiraiEarnedIt, #MiraiToWorlds

American figure skater Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. national champion and the 4th-place finisher at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has been denied a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. This comes despite her finishing 3rd at the 2014 national championships, with three berths available on the Olympic squad. It is the first time ever that the United States Figure Skating Association has passed over a skater in favor of a lower-finishing competitor when injury was not a factor.

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Vote for Mirai Nagasu to be U.S. Figure Skating's and Skating Magazine's Skater of the Year! Time for a bit of justice!

Readers' Choice Skater of the Year Award

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This board wouldn't be complete without Mirai's January 30 message on Facebook, her first direct comment on what happened at Nationals.

Shall we remind ourselves again what we were fighting for? And who? For me, #MiraiEarnedIt has been a fight for Mirai, and for principles. But it's also been for my little girls, daughters of Asian America. What has #MiraiEarnedIt meant to you?

We still have a chance to help Mirai! Please read and take action!

Jere Longman for the New York Times, "Officials Choose Reputation Over Result"

Olivia Ouyang of Audrey Magazine exposes the inconsistent treatment of Mirai Nagasu in "The Reason You Haven’t Heard: Why Mirai Nagasu Deserves to be on Team USA"

E. M. Swift asks if sponsors triumphed over competition, patronage over performance

Gwen Knapp's excellent analysis of how the U.S. Figure Skating Association has now opened the door to future controversies

#MiraiEarnedIt gets a mention in Camille Bautista's piece for Bustle! She also mentions Jeff Yang's column in the Wall Street Journal!

Tony Manfried of Business Insider, "The Girl Who Finished Third At The US Figure Skating Championships Got Screwed Out Of An Olympic Spot"

Alexander Abad-Santos, "The Real Skating Winner Isn't Ashley Wagner, It's Her Sponsors," in The Wire

  • SoLeiloquay

    Doesn't the IOC have rules re: athletes, endorsements, and conflict of interest? Looks like it's business as usual. That Olympic dream can be bought and not earned is sending the wrong message.

  • Eugene Hung

    Gosh, I don't know, but it seems pretty free-for-all. Money is everywhere in the Olympic context.

Andi Zeisler, "All About Eve on Ice: Creating a New Olympic Rivalry Between Blonde Girls, Just in Time," for Bitch Magazine

From Gabrielle Blustone on Gawker: "US Olympic Figure Skating Ices Third Place Medalist Off the Team"

US Olympic Figure Skating Ices Third Place Medalist Off the Team

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A good espnW debate about the controversy, with good points made by both Jane McManus and Sarah Spain

From AsAm News: "Mirai Nagasu wins lots of sympathy, but no spot on US Olympic Ice Skating Team"

Mirai Nagasu's exhibition performance at the 2014 U.S. national championships in Boston, after she had learned she would not be a part of the Olympic team

  • Eugene Hung

    That's strange. I'm in CA also, but it's still coming through okay. I'm afraid I'm not tech savvy enough to have any idea what to do.

  • Eugene Hung

    Sorry about that, Lei!

  • SoLeiloquay

    Not to worry, I'll figure it out. Thanks for everything you're doing for Mirai!

  • Eugene Hung

    Thank you, too, Lei. I love how everyone's coming together to advocate for her!

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