Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, Calif.)

On what she’s been up to since nationals:

"Since nationals I’ve just been trying to sort through all of my school work, but at the same time I’ve finish training a little bit, work on the details of my programs a little bit so I could hopefully achieve my best at the Olympics. It’s just been very busy and hectic, but I’ve been doing my best to stay organized. It’s just been a great experience.

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On what she’s been up to since nationals:

"After nationals, I’ve been eating, sleeping, drinking ice skating because right after I came back from nationals I was on the ice and I started training. It’s been my dream to come to the Olympics so I’ve been doing everything I can to skate my best performance here because I don’t want to waste this chance."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On the best part of getting free stuff:

"My neighbor is my closest friend and best friend and her family is very Americanized so I got a scolding from them because they told me that I shouldn’t say that. But I’ve already said what’s been said. The only regret I’ve had is coming a little bit late so a lot of my sizes have been gone. I have a lot of big sizes. I’m not sure if I want to give it up. We got so much stuff that I’m sure I’m going to have to give some of it away unfortunately."

 

Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, Calif.)

On balancing school work:

"The basic classes I’m taking this year are AP English which is literature and composition course, AP physics, AP calculus – and that’s an easy course -- and AP French. It’s been a little draining, honestly, but it’s been so much fun. All of my teachers have been incredibly supportive of me this year as well as this entire journey. So I certainly appreciate all of their support and accommodation at this point because missing the amount of school that I am right now, it’s pretty incredible and making up the work as well. It’s been certainly time consuming and Tom can attest to that. It’s just been great. Homework does take a lot of time, but I do my best."

 

Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, Calif.)

On her reaction to the Opening Ceremony:

"For me, I think the most special moment was probably when they raised the Olympic flag, I just got chills. I couldn’t believe that I was actually here. Watching the Olympic flag getting raised, the whole experience was just incredible. It’s still unfathomable and I’m still in complete disbelief at this point still. It’s starting to sink in now that I’m getting into a routine and everything and figuring out where everything is.  It was incredible. The entire event, it was just phenomenal.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m sure either one of us will never forget."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

"The thing I remember most about the Opening Ceremony is standing at the bottom of the pit for four hours in white pants so we couldn’t sit down. It was basically a fight between all of the athletes because we all wanted to be at the front so we were just pushing and shoving. It was really hot and we were all sweating. When you finally got up there it was like ‘Finally I’m out there to the world’ and I was just so happy to be waving to everyone even though I was sweating like I was in a sauna."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On sponsorships helping her parents financially:

"Right before I came here, I signed a deal with Panasonic, and they’ve given me a lot of cameras and video cameras. Through YouTube and all of these how-to Web sites I’m sure I’ll be able to edit videos and it’ll just be a lot of fun for me because I’ve always wanted to learn about everything technological. It’s an honor to be representing them because they’re the future of technology. To represent them means that I’m the future also so I want to do my best to represent them, especially since they’re helping me out so much with helping my parents come up here, so I really appreciate their help."

 

Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, Calif.)

On sizing up the competition:

"I think [South Korea’s Kim] Yuna has the most pressure coming into this competition because she did win Worlds last year. She’s a very strong contender for the gold, but at the same time, there are several other competitors that we all know can perform their best and potentially come out on top. I know Mirai and I are both incredibly excited to come out here and kick some butt. We’re very excited. I think we’re both incredibly trained and we both showed that at nationals. I think it’s going to be great competition."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On sizing up the competition:

"Being the heavy the favorite is not always a good thing, because of the amount of pressure. It is the Olympics so the whole world is watching. I feel like, hopefully, I’ll just be able to stand next to Yuna and while she’s carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders I’ll just be holding it up with a finger."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On what the ingredients are in the "Mirai sushi role" and walking with coach Frank Carroll

"I think Frank is 71, and I’m sure he’ll tell you he’s 36. I think he was really excited because it was his first Olympics walking into the Opening Ceremonies and of the 10 he’s been in. I was really honored that he was walking beside me. I can probably play that I’m the only athlete to have Frank Carroll beside me at the Olympics.

 

The ‘Mirari sushi role’ has the whole ocean in one role. It has salmon, tuna, yellow tail and min-tyko, which I really love. It’s like spicy fish eggs and it’s pink. It’s really good with pasta as well. There’s also masago, which is commonly found in California rolls. And shrimp tempura. Then all of these sauces and rice and seaweed and that’s basically it."

 

Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, Calif.)

On her expectations to perform:

 "I think coming in as an underdog certainly helps. I think I function well under the radar a little bit. At the same time, I’m sure it’s going to be difficult for Yuna for the amount of pressure she’s going to be getting from her federation, form her country, all of her fans. But at the same time she’s an incredibly experienced athlete so I’m sure she’ll be prepared. I think at this point in the game, I’m just looking forward to going out and competing against the best girls in the world at the Olympic Games. Hopefully, performing my best under the best circumstances."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On her expectations to perform:

"Competing against Yuna, I’m just here to skate my own best and thinking about it as my own Olympics. Regardless of how she skates, I’ll want to skate my best and have fun out there, especially since it’s my Olympics. We’re 16 and 17 which has its advantages and disadvantages because she does have more international experience, and she’s more experienced in her skating because she’s been skating longer. Because we don’t know about what she knows yet, we can just go in there with a blank mind and attack out there and have fun."

 

Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, Calif.)

On making adjustments in her program:

"My programs were the same as they were in nationals so I’m still doing my flip-twirl combination programs. Aside from that, I think my triple-triple is a great risk in and of itself. At the same time I know there are a lot of other aspects of my programs that will gain points and allow me to have good marks throughout the competition. Other than that, my programs are exactly the same as they were in nationals.

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On making adjustments in her program:

 "I think the biggest change I’m going to have in my program is I’m going to attempt the quad. No, I’m just kidding. At this point in the competition, I had a strong performance at Nationals, and I’d like to do better than that, so I think risking the quad isn’t worth it. I certainly wish I could do it but I can’t. I’d like to make a strong showing with what I have."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On downgraded the jumps in her long program:

"Regardless of the downgrades in my jumps, I was really proud of myself at Nationals, because I really felt that I told the story of a young Carmen. Just having the audience stand up before I even finished my last spin, it was phenomenal. I just had a lot of fun. When I went home, I went back to work on my jumps. It wasn’t my decision to downgrade my jumps; it was the judges’ decision. I hope at the Olympics I won’t make the same mistake that will cost me the title again."

 

Mirai Nagasu (Arcadia, Calif.)

On competing with the Japanese skaters:

"I’m really looking forward to skating on the same ice with them, and I’m really looking forward to that. Just skating with them will give me the opportunity to feel how I need to mature. In the end, I’m here to skate my own program. This is my Olympics.  Regardless of how they compete, I want to make a strong showing here. I’ll be really honored to skate with them but I’m here for myself. And hopefully I’ll be able to show that."