That's the kind of rhetoric expected of an overfed and overpaid newspaper columnist, not an Olympic champion. She placed fourth at the Vancouver Olympics eight years ago before missing the Sochi team in 2014.
This might be unpleasant to read, but many others in the field encountered the same obstacles she did. But the 24-year-old skater from California, along with her two American teammates, didn't have as much luck in the latter half of the Games; Nagasu failed to land the triple in her short and free skates this week and ending up 10th overall in the women's individual competition.
Nagasu piled up excuses the way Russian gold medalist Alina Zagitova did combination jumps.
What must she do to rival the world's best in four years? Chen made a mistake on her opening jump but recovered later to score 65.90 in the short program.
Tennell, who was seventh at last season's junior worlds, said she needs to improve her artistry to match the jumping consistency she showed in winning the USA title last month.
"I didn't finish as well as I'd have liked to, but it was a great experience", she said. Medvedeva returned to the competitive ice at Europeans, where her undefeated streak snapped.
The once-dominant U.S.'s decline in women's figure skating has become a major talking point at these Games, with explanations ranging from the reluctance of Americans to take the kinds of risks rewarded by a new scoring system to how the absence of a transcendent figure such as Michelle Kwan has affected the sport's popularity in the country.
In their post-competition interviews, the skaters-practically professionals at putting on a courageous face-acknowledge their disappointment. She is the top ranked US woman headed into the free skate in ninth place with 66.93 points.
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Until Friday, an American woman had finished sixth or higher at every Olympics since World War II.
Medvedeva, 18 years old and unbeatable from November 2015 to January 2018, once looked like an Olympic gold medal super favorite.
The top American, Tennell, finished more than 35 points behind Medvedeva, the silver medalist.
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She stumbled on a double axel-triple toeloop combination and her left hand touched the ice on a triple lutz. She complained of boot problems on Instagram before her free skate, where she fell on a triple loop among five jumping passes that received negative grades of execution.
"I smiled in the middle of my program, which is really rare for me" she said after the women's free skate.
It's the first time ever that the US failed to put a single woman in the top six, but the results were in line with the world rankings.
But the U.S. team was never behind Italy in any of the eight rounds of the team event, according to USA Today. Her 78.87 points was enough to get her into third place, where she remains a medal contender in the free skate.
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The last American woman to medal at the Olympics was Sasha Cohen, who won silver in 2006. To be honest, when I first came here I didn't know what to expect. I'm going to focus on me.
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