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Mirai Nagasu

California Connections Academy student Kristen

Mirai is a 2011 graduate of California Connections Academy. She lives in Arcadia, California. Mirai is an Olympic-level figure skater who loves to hang out with friends and read.

When she was five years old, a rainy day in Southern California turned out to be a propitious event for Mirai when her mother, Ikuko, decided to take her ice skating instead of heading to the links. Mirai reminisces, “That’s when I knew I wanted to keep skating … bye-bye, golf!” And that turned out to be a fortuitous decision. During her career as a skater, Mirai has competed at the highest levels and has many accomplishments, including: the 2011 Four Continents bronze medalist, 2007 JGP Final champion, a two-time medalist at the World Junior Championships, and a four-time U.S. national medalist.

Through hard work, success followed when in 2008 Mirai became the second youngest in history to win the U.S. senior ladies’ figure skating title. The year 2009 was also momentous: she changed her coach to Frank Carroll and transferred to California Connections Academy, which “allowed me to follow my extensive training schedule without the stress of missing so many school days.” Mirai explained further, “The online learning system let me take ‘school’ with me all over the world, and I could choose when and where to do my schoolwork.” A recent graduate, Mirai has been accepted at the University of California, Irvine.

After representing the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics and placing fourth, her goal is to take part in and medal at the 2014 Olympic Games. “I think the timing will be good, since I’ll be 20 and have the experience and maturity.” Mirai’s name means future in Japanese, and hers seems very bright.

I like Connections Academy because the online learning system let me take ‘school’ with me all over the world, and I could choose when and where to do my schoolwork.
— Mirai
Graduate of California Connections Academy
U.S. Olympic Figure Skater

Way to go Mirai! We are so proud of you!

Competitive Records Highlights:

  • 2014 U.S. Championships—Bronze medal
  • 2013 Rostelecom Cup Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia—Bronze medal
  • 2012 NHK Trophy—Bronze medal
  • 2012 Finlandia Trophy—Bronze medal
  • 2011 Grand Prix Cup of China—Silver medal
  • 2011 Four Continents Championships—Bronze medal
  • 2010 World Championships—Gold medal
  • 2010 Winter Olympic Games—Fourth place