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By Des Bieler | The Washington Post
Mirai Nagasu’s performance Monday during the Olympics had many viewers exclaiming,”Wow, I can’t believe she hit a triple axel!” The American figure skater also had some wondering,”Wait, is that a giant ‘USA’ tattoo on her inner thigh?”
Mirai Nagasu of the United States performs in the ladies single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Eventually, the mystery was solved: Nagasu was using some Team USA-branded kinesiology tape under her tights. KT Tape, the company that manufactures a product popular with many athletes, sprung into social-media action to let inquiring minds know the story.
It’s been a big start to the year for KT Tape, which also received plenty of publicity after millions watched Tom Brady use the product on his injured throwing hand during January’s AFC championship game. Athletes across a variety of sports have used the tape and products like it, including beach volleyball competitors at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, if only to gain a psychological edge.
Meanwhile, some Winter Olympic athletes are spreading the tape across their faces, all the better to shield themselves from the frigid temperatures in Pyeongchang. “The issue is serious in the Alpine skiing,” Lubomir Soucek, who works with Slovakia’s Olympic team, told the New York Times recently. “You have to protect your face not to have frozen skin.”
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Nagasu didn’t have weather as an issue Monday, and she didn’t have any trouble with her unprecedented leap, either. The 24-year-old California native became the first American woman to hit a triple axel in the …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports