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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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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?

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"

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.

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

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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