Local figure skating fans will have a chance to cheer for Arcadia’s own Olympics star, Mirai Nagasu, when her home club hosts an Olympic viewing party during Nagasu’s competition in the individual ladies’ short program XXIII Olympic Winter Games, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The viewing party, hosted by the Pasadena Figure Skating Club at Matt Denny’s Restaurant in Arcadia, will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20, the day of Nagasu’s competition. No admission fees are needed to participate.
Nagasu is a member of the Pasadena Figure Skating Club, and also a former instructor at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center. Both organizations helped Nagasu fundraise for her family’s tickets to Pyeongchang.
“Pasadena Figure Skating Club is so proud that PFSC member Mirai Nagasu has been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic team,” a short statement on the PFSC reads.
The Pasadena Figure Skating Club previously hosted a viewing party for Nagasu’s last Olympics effort in 2010. Nagasu finished fourth overall in Vancouver that year, but was passed over in 2014 when the U.S. Figure Skating awarded the third position on its Olympic team to Ashley Wagner, due to a stronger international record.
The 24-year-old Nagasu went on to claim fourth and ninth in two Grand Prix events, and third in the 2017 Four Continents Championships, the best finish by an American. Along with a second-place finish in the 2017 U.S. International Classic and a fourth-place in the 2017 national championships, these wins sealed her selection for this year’s Olympics.
“Thank you to everyone who never stopped believing,” Nagasu tweeted Saturday, shortly after the decision was announced.