"We still have to skate well!'" He told USA Today recently that even though Pence is a bit more "mild-mannered" than President Trump, he doesn't really believe in the same things as they do. "I was very, very nervous, especially because this is the team event".
The 17-year-old Korean-American was the only rider to score more than 90 points, leading three other American women into the finals Tuesday morning (local time).
His jumps were sharp. But it might have been off the ice where he made the most noise.
"It felt worth the 28-year wait, you know?"
Patrick Chan and Mikhail Kolyada both attempted quadruple jumps in their routines. The only sport where the US owns more medals is speed skating, at 67 (as of press time).
Nagasu can't bask in the glory of her performance on Monday for too long, as she has to prepare for her individual events.
Although she finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Nagasu wasn't part of the US figure skating team that headed to Sochi in 2014: She came in third at the national championships, but in a committee decision, the spot on the team was given to the fourth-place victor, Ashley Wagner. If you feel like you've been hearing "triple axel" a lot this year, you're not wrong. He said, "also for her ideal skate on Olympic Ice!"
Japanese skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada are the only other women to successfully complete the triple axel at the Olympics.
"I could see my teammates standing out of excitement", Nagasu said, "and at that moment I wanted to stop the music and get off, but I still had my whole program ahead of me".
Being left off the Sochi team may have fueled Nagasu, but she wouldn't go as far as to say it was a good thing.
Skaters from Canada took home gold in figure skating's team event on Sunday night, while Team USA secured bronze for the second straight Olympics.
Despite being rivals on the ice, they can't help but cheer and applaud after seeing Nagasu achieve something truly rare.
Wow @mirai_nagasu! Congratulations...tears of joy for you again!