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The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are under two weeks away. That means before we know it, all of our friends and family will be glued to their televisions; decking themselves out in red, white, and blue (or whatever the colors of their chosen team); and asking “did you see that snowboard cross/luge/figure skating final?”. Back in September, we caught up with Olympic hopefuls before their very busy fall of training and competitions leading to the Games. We ran each of them through our Teen Vogue Olympics questionnaire designed to help you get to know Team USA’s top competitors before they hit the world stage in Pyeongchang. Read on to find out more about Team USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu.

What is your hidden talent?
Mirai Nagasu: I can snap my toes. Everyone keeps asking me this, but I know it’s kind of weird, but I think it’s fun that I can snap my toes. I can’t right now, my feet are a little sweaty, just when I put socks on they get sweaty, sorry. But I used to be really lazy and instead of bending down to pick things up, I would pick them up with my feet, so then I realized I could snap. I’m very agile with my toes.

What’s your favorite junk food?
MN: Potato chips.

What’s your favorite food in general?
MN: Classic American hamburger and fries. If you guys go to McDonald’s, and you want fresh fries, you have to say, “Hi, can I get an order of french fries with no salt?” And then they make it fresh. And then you’re that person at the end, and you’re like, “Can I have a packet of salt?” But then you have fresh fries, so like, trade-off. Life hack.

What are you majoring in, in college?
MN: I’m still in college, at the age of 24 years old, that’s okay. But I’m studying international business.

What’s your best subject in school?
MN: I’m an international business student at UCCS (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), but I just aced biology, and I really enjoyed it, so I’m actually thinking of switching. But also we all go through these times where you’re like, oh what should I do? So I’m in international business, but I want to take more bio classes.

How do you wake up in the morning? Like do you press the snooze button a bunch of times? Are you right out of bed?
MN: I’m that person, I will literally do everything to not get out of bed, so I have alarms set for every 15 minutes.

Who do you look up to?
MN: That’s a hard one. Recently, I’m really … because we’re that Instagram generation … so I’m really into Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram because I’m all about his dad profiling, and he’s also really inspirational. He’s always working out and has a good message for the day, and I love his videos.

What does everyone get wrong about figure skating?
MN: I feel like people … actually, one of the other athletes, I was like, “Hi, I’m Mirai, nice to meet you.” And he was like, “Oh, you’re a figure skater.” And I was like, ugh. Like, “How do you know?” And he was like, “Oh, because just the way you’re done up.” I think that everyone thinks that we always want to look perfect, which, who doesn’t? But also, when I’m at home, I’m that type of person who doesn’t put on a lick of makeup, and I also sweat balls at the gym and at the rink. So yeah, I want to look good, but I also am not afraid to sweat.

What do you bring with you whenever you travel?
MN: When I’m at home, I’m a real big cuddler, so I sleep with my dog in my arms. And so recently, like I can’t travel to internationals with my dog, obviously, so recently I have to bring a teddy bear to sleep with because I miss him so much and that cuddling. I get stressed out about not having my dogs there, and so I bring a stuffed animal, at 24 years old.

What’s the last thing you posted on Instagram?
MN: All about this media summit. I was like, “I am so excited to be here. This has been what I’ve wanted my whole life, and to, I’m excited to share my Olympic journey, and I’m hoping for positive outcomes.”

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
MN: I’m very Asian, and also my mom raised me to be polite and to eat whatever is put in front of me. I actually enjoy snails a lot. And I’ve eaten sea urchin and that shebang. But the weirdest thing that I’ve eaten, and I was a little bit meh about it, was horse. [In Kazakhstan] set it in front of me, and they’re like, “This is a huge part of our culture.” And so I was like, “I will try it.”

What are you most excited about with regards to the Olympics?
MN: Just the energy, that Olympic energy is just addicting. It’s just a lot going on, and it’s just everything on a high, intense level. And to have so many countries and so many sports and so much going on, it’s really amazing. And to be able to be a part of that, out of the millions of people who skate, and then to represent my country at the Olympics, that’s only something that two or three people from the country get to do every four years, for my sport. And so if I am selected to represent again, that would be like goals. That’s a dream.

To learn more, visit teamusa.org. The Winter Olympics start live on Feb. 8

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