Figure skater Mirai Nagasu won a bronze medal in the team event after giving the season’s best performance. She landed at the successful tricky triple axel jump and becomes American woman ever to do so.
Nagasu said in an interview People on Saturday that the 50-year-old Leslie Jones told her: “‘There’s so much more, I know it’s hard to see right now, especially when you’ve worked for this event for so many years, but there so much more to life.’”
Nagasu said, “For her to reach out to me like that really meant a lot and she said, ‘Keep your head up and keep at it,’ and I think that’s a great message for me and for other athletes.” She went on to say, “I’m really grateful to the people I’ve met here and I won’t be around for the next Olympics, but I’ll definitely be supporting all of the athletes.”
Jones who is a noted fan of Olympics who was hired by NBC as a contributor to these events, she has been popping up all over.
Jones strutted to Bey along with Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, she was there to meet Maame Biney, the teen speed skater after Biney’s finish her last Olympic event, her last Olympic performance disappointed everyone.
For those who aren’t aware, Jones isn’t the only person praising Nagasu. She has also received supportive messages from figure skating legend Michelle Kwan. In addition, she also has a support of her skating teammates, including her close pal Adam Rippon.
Kwan recently told People that she sent a supportive note to Nagasu after she watched her historical triple axel land.
“I wrote ‘That a girl,’ and she wrote, ‘Thank you,’ and she had little emoji with the bronze emoji,” she continued. “I was like, ‘Uh-uh, emoji gold, let’s go after the gold.’ ”
The 37-year-old Kwan said, “Watching her do that triple axel and just nailing it, I was screaming.”
She added, “Then following that, having the rest of the program just perfect, clean and just absolutely amazing, then taking home the bronze medal, I was so proud of her.”
The 2018 Winter Olympics are telecasting live on NBC.