When Nagasu landed her triple axel she had suffered a painful labral tear that chipped away at her hip bone for two years. The triple axel is a legendary figure skating move in which the skater takes off forward on the outer edge of one foot, then, turning backward, makes three and a half super fast turns and then lands backward on the ball of the opposite foot. She said she did not tell the media about her injury until afterward, because she didn’t want them to see “there was a crack to the armor.”

Throughout the discussion, she told stories about deeper cracks in her armor and her ongoing struggle with self-confidence.

“Skating is everything to me, but at the same time, it has caused me so much pain and anxiety,” Nagasu said… READ THE REST

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