Mirai Nagasu, the 2008 U.S. champion and a two-time World junior medalist, announced today she is making a coaching change and will train with Frank Carroll at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, Calif.
Nagasu, 16, rose to the top of the U.S. podium under the direction of coach Charlene Wong who the California teenager had worked with since October of 2006. However, last year, Nagasu struggled and finished off the podium at the U.S. Championships.
“At the end of the season I felt like I really needed a change,” Nagasu said. “After a lot of thought and deliberation, we decided that the right choice was to begin training with Mr. Carroll.”
Under Carroll, Nagasu will train alongside two-time U.S. and reigning World champion Evan Lysacek.
“I’m very excited to be training with Evan,” Nagasu said. “Training at the same rink as the current World champion is a great motivation – exactly what I need moving into the Olympic year.”
Carroll’s former students include nine-time U.S. champion, five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan, four-time U.S champion and two-time World champion Linda Fratianne, and two-time U.S. champion and two-time World medalist Christopher Bowman.
Carroll was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996 and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2007.
“Charlene and I have been through a lot together,” Nagasu said. “She’s always been there for me, and has been a huge part of my journey to this point.”
In 2008 Nagasu, at 14 years and 9 months, became the youngest U.S. ladies champion since Tara Lipinski and the second-youngest U.S. ladies champion ever. She is the first lady since Joan Tozzer (1937-38) to win the U.S. junior and senior titles in consecutive years.