At the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Meryl Davis and Charlie White made history when they brought home the U.S.’s first ever gold medal in ice dancing.
Now, Davis and White are traveling the country as headliners in the “Stars on Ice” tour, which also features other Olympians and national ice skating champions. The tour comes to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on Thursday, April 17.
Mirai Nagasu, 2010 Olympian and 2014 U.S. bronze medalist, is one of the skaters scheduled to take the ice. She spoke about her life on the ice in a recent phone interview.
“I started [ice skating] when I was 5 years old and from the first time I skated I just always wanted to go back and eventually it just snowballed into competing,” Nagasu said. “I enjoy working hard throughout the year and then testing myself at competitions.”
Nagasu has spent the last couple of weeks preparing for the tour, learning her solo, group, opening and closing performances.
“We’ve been working hard but it’s also been a lot of fun,” she said. “‘Stars on Ice’ is a great opportunity for skaters and fans because competition is high pressure, while in ‘Stars on Ice’ ... there are no rules or judges, which allows us to cater our performance to the audience.”
Nagasu noted that she’s excited to be able to perform with a group since she is a solo skater and is excited to meet her fans through the meet-and-greet after the show.
“It is a great opportunity for fans to see what we are like off the ice, as people, not just skaters. For me it’s great because, as a singles skater, I often am just living in my own world, and it is great for me to hear what the fans think. It is motivational and gives me support to keep on going,” Nagasu said.
This year’s show marks the first time the U.S. Olympic figure skating team will headline. Other stars on the tour include Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Jeremy Abbott, Alissa Czisny, Ryan Bradley, Josh Farris, Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre, Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, Jason Brown, Max Aaron and Polina Edmunds.
As seen in the April 10, 2014 issue of the Hippo.