First off, a quick correction: last week, we featured 11 Asian Americans at the Olympics. But we forgot two more:
1. Madison Chock, an ice dancer and Sochi Olympian who’s also a four-time medalist at the U.S. National Championships. She skates with her partner (and also partner) Evan Bates, who she’s been skating with since 2011.
2. And Jerica Tandiman, long track speed skater who qualified for the Olympics last month by placing 4th in the 1000m. She was inspired to skate after watching the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, which were right by her house.
Sorry about that. Go Madison and Jerica!
Trying really hard not to make ice puns here
Some Asian American competitors have already made their marks, which is another way of saying “did incredibly well and we’re proud of them like my mom watching me finally move out of the house.“
First the figure skaters: Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, and Alex and Maia Shibutani helped Team USA win bronze in the figure skating team event.
The #ShibSibs became the first Asian Americans to medal in ice skating in any Olympics, and Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman and only the third woman ever to land a triple axel at the Olympics …
… which is something we haven’t stopped watching since.
As always, it pays to be Chloe Kim
Side effect: Momofuku’s David Chang made her churro ice cream sandwiches. Which is just another reason we’ll have to highly recommend becoming an Olympic gold medalist.