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Mirai Nagasu: Olympic snub remains 'devastating,' but hopeful for future

Kevin Kaduk
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Jan 12, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Mirai Nagasu skates during the skating spectacular exhibition event in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Mirai Nagasu is still stung over being left off the U.S. OIympic team and she's not afraid to admit it. 

The 20-year-old figure skater from California posted a Facebook message early Thursday morning that described her past few weeks as "extremely disappointing" and "devastating."

Nagasu also wrote that she "remains confused" over why skating officials passed her over while filling the United States' three Olympic spots. Nagasu finished third in the United States Figure Skating Championships earlier this month and placed fourth overall at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The final spot, however, went to Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth at the U.S. championships but won the national championship in 2012 and 2013. The decision sparked a controversy in the figure skating world.

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Despite her disappointment and subsequent poor showing at the Four Continents Championship in Taiwan (she turned in a 10th-place finish, the lowest of her career), Nagasu remains diplomatic and hopes to make the Olympic Games in 2018. She is still eligible to compete as an alternate in Sochi or at the world championships in March should the need arise.

"Once I have time to fully process the impact of these decisions, I do know it will renew a fire inside of me," Nagasu wrote. "My Olympic journey does not end here. I will continue to work hard, to train and grow and improve as a skater and realize my dream of once again representing the United States at an Olympic Games. "

"Most importantly, I want to wish Gracie [Gold], Polina [Edmunds], Ashley and the rest of the US Team the best of luck at the 2014 Olympic Games. Representing your country at the Olympics is one of the biggest honors and best experiences in an athlete’s life, and I hope they all do well and have a great time. I will be watching and cheering them on."

Here's the full text of her Facebook status update:

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Mirai Nagasu's Facebook update on January 30, 2014. (Facebook)

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