Mirai Nagasu is ‘plugging myself’ to go on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after the Winter Olympics

Paging “Dancing with the Stars”: Call Mirai Nagasu right now for your all-athletes season. The figure skater, who became the first American woman — and third woman overall — to land a triple axel at the Olympics on Sunday, has her sights set on the ABC dancing competition when she’s done in Pyeongchang.

“I’m definitely going to be plugging myself here,” Nagasu tells Yahoo!, “but some athletes get to make their debut on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ and so I’m hoping my personality will win me a spot on that show.”

Nagasu, who joined Japan’s Midori Ito (1992) and Mao Asada (2010 and 2014) as the only women to land the three-and-a-half rotation jump on Olympic ice, already has a “Dancing” partner in mind: Mark Ballas, who won the Mirror Ball trophy with Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi 10 years ago on Season 6. Nagasu, who’s taking the semester off from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to tour with Stars on Ice in April and May, reiterated her goal on Twitter Tuesday morning.

The spunky, charming 24-year-old, whose historic, awe-inspiring free skate helped the U.S. secure bronze in Sunday’s team event, would be a perfect fit for “Dancing,” which is eschewing a regular season for an abbreviated all-athletes installment premiering on April 30. Even if it were a regular season, the show loves dipping into the Olympic well for breakout or buzzed-about stars. Olympians who hoofed on the parquet immediately after competing in the games include Vancouver men’s figure skating champ Evan Lysacek, who finished second in Season 10, and Sochi ice dancing champs Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who finished first and fifth, respectively, in Season 18.

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On the summer side, three-time beach volleyball champ Misty May-Treanor competed on Season 7 after Beijing but withdrew after rupturing her Achilles tendon, and Final Five gymnast Laurie Hernandez and 12-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte were on Season 23 right after Rio, where Lochte infamously lied about getting robbed.

Nagasu still has some business to take care of before she can hit the dance floor: The ladies’ competition is next week, where she plans to include the triple axel in both her short and free programs. If you feel like you’ve been hearing “triple axel” a lot this year, you’re not wrong. Tonya Harding was the first American woman to land the triple axel in competition and her efforts to nail the difficult jump are a huge part of three-time Oscar nominee “I, Tonya.” The film’s social media accounts have been congratulating Nagasu and she’s noticed:

“I, Tonya,” of course, is framed around the attack on Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics. You know who was on “Dancing” last year? Kerrigan.

See, it all comes full circle. Or is it full axel?

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