Skater Mirai Nagasu says she will move with her coach
Got a couple of responses Thursday from a very busy Mirai Nagasu, answering a question I had texted her recently about the effect of her coach Frank Carroll's planned move this summer from the Toyota Sports Center near Los Angeles International Airport to a new rink 130 miles east in Cathedral City.
(For my blog post on the situation, published Tuesday, click here.)
"Yes, I'm going with him," she said in the first message, then added, "If you could raise money so I can move there that'd be great ... lol.''
Nagasu, 16, was texting from Fort Myers, Fla., where she will be performing in the Smucker's Stars on Ice show that opens a 41-city tour Thursday night. Stars on Ice plays the Staples Center on May 20 and the Honda Center in Anaheim on May 21.
"I'm skating a show today in brand new skates ... literally!!!'' Nagasu texted.
She had returned home Monday from the World Championships in Turin, Italy, then flew east Wednesday with her "chaperon,'' Olympic champion Evan Lysacek.
Lysacek is juggling 26 appearances with Stars on Ice with his work on "Dancing With The Stars," which requires he be in Los Angeles from Sunday through Tuesday for as many as nine more weeks (if he makes the "DWTS" final). He and partner Anna Trebunskaya survived the first cut Tuesday.
-- Philip Hersh
Photo: Mirai Nagasu in the free skate last Saturday at the World Figure Skating Championships. Credit: Clive Rose / Getty Images