‘Dancing’ Dream Comes True


Mirai Nagasu (ABC)


Mirai Nagasu is trading in her skates for dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.”

She is paired with dancing pro Alan Bersten.

The two-time Olympian made it known that she dreamed of appearing on the dancing reality show, which has seen Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno claim the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

In an interview in February after the figure skating final, Nagasu said, “I smiled in the middle of my program, which is really rare for me. So I enjoyed myself and I thought of this as my audition for ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” The four-week event starts on Monday, April 30, at 8 p.m.

Nagasu has never backed down from a challenge. She was one of the youngest competitors to win a national title in 2008 and remarkably has remained one of the top competitors in the world today. She earned a spot to represent the U.S. in the 2018 Olympics at the age of 24, where she made history by becoming the first American woman to land a triple Axel in an Olympic Winter Games. She performed the difficult three-and-a-half revolution jump, helping Team USA win a bronze medal in the team event.

An only child, she was born to Kiyoto and Ikuko Nagasu and raised in Arcadia, where her parents own a sushi restaurant. As the daughter of Japanese immigrants, she holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Japan.

She began skating at the age of five, citing the fortuitous beginnings to her love of the ice. She quickly took the skating world by storm. She won the U.S. junior national title at the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash. The following year, in St. Paul, Minn., she won the U.S. senior title — an incredible feat for any skater.