October 2008

Beautiful portrait

Skating as a novice, Mirai Nagasu was one of the favorites at the 2006 Southwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. She sat third after the short program, but a disastrous free skate dropped her to fifth overall and bought her a one-way ticket home to ponder what might have been.

That disappointment led Nagasu to seek out a new training environment. She knew she had the ability to go as far as she wanted in the sport; the only thing she was lacking was confidence. She needed someone who would not only push her physical limits but would build up her mental toughness to the point where she could overcome any challenge put in front of her.

It was Nagasu's longtime stylist Bob Paul, the four-time World champion and 1960 Olympic pairs champion, who introduced her to Charlene Wong. Wong was all too familiar with falling short of one's goals, having finished on the podium at the Canadian Championships five times but never reaching the top (three silvers, two bronzes), so she set out to make sure the same thing didn't happen to Nagasu.

Read all about Mirai Nagasu's rise to stardom in the October issue of SKATING.

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Top of class

Alissa Czisny kicked off her senior year like she did her freshman campaign at Bowling Green State University by winning the U.S. Collegiate Championships.

'Passionate, determined, graceful'
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Kristen Clark is a model athlete - passionate, determined and graceful. She is not only devoted to her sport - she is a Special Olympian.