December 22, 2020

EP. 193 — What’s It Like To Make Triple Axel History? with Mirai Nagasu

This holiday break, we’re re-releasing two of our favorite episodes, with three of our favorite experts, about one of our favorite topics: figure skating.


First up is an episode from April 2018 with Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu, who was the first American female figure skater to land a triple Axel at the Olympics, earning her a bronze medal in PyeongChang in 2018. Jonathan and Mirai jump right into the technical, artistic, and political aspects of figure skating—and discuss what it was like for Mirai to take her prowess off ice to compete in Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.


Find Mirai on Instagram @mirainagasu, on Twitter @mirai_nagasu, and at


Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN.


Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Mirai Nagasu   JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. This week, we’re re-releasing one of my favorite episodes of all time, from April of 2018, where I literally learn so much more about figure skating than I ever knew before and I really started to, like, wrap my head around it, with none other than prolific Olympic bronze medalist, stunning, the amazing Mirai Nagasu, where I ask her: What’s it like to do a triple Axel? Are you recording? OK.   MIRAI NAGASU [00:00:41] Are you recording?   JVN [00:00:43] Well, Mirai-.   MIRAI NAGASU [00:00:44] Can you give me some lessons in attitude because apparently I need more of those.   JVN [00:00:49] Wait, listen. [Song plays] Did you hear it? That was it. That was the Nicki Yamaguchi shout out.   MIRAI NAGASU

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