Leslie Jones sent Mirai Nagasu a pep talk during the Olympics, and her advice is solid
One of the best parts of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang has been the commentating. We’ve seen Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski take on figure skating with flair. Meanwhile, Leslie Jones and Adam Rippon made us laugh over ice dancing. Leslie Jones, in particular, is always a fun presence at the Olympics with her over-the-top Twitter commentary. And now, we know she’s also really great at giving pep talks.
During the Winter Games, the Saturday Night Live star gave some really solid advice to Team USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu. Nagasu had an up and down time competing this year. She helped Team USA win bronze in the team event but fell during her individual skate. But even though she didn’t place in the individual competition, Nagasu still has a lot to be proud of. She is the first American to land a triple axel at an Olympic games, after all!
Leslie Jones apparently shared some good perspective with Nagasu. She messaged the figure skater on Instagram when she failed to complete a triple axel after landing one earlier in the games. The figure skater shared the experience of receiving Jones’ kind and inspiring message with People.
Leslie Jones reassured Mirai Nagasu that her hard work was worth it.
"[The message] said, 'This is the Olympics, it’s not easy and you went for a jump that no one else went for in the women’s event, so you should be proud of yourself," Nagasu said. "'There’s so much more, I know it’s hard to see right now, especially when you’ve worked for this event for so many years, but there so much more to life.'"
Leslie Jones also told Mirai Nagasu to “keep her head up” and “keep at it.” Which is good advice for anyone, but especially athletes who make it to the Olympics. Even if they don’t medal, THEY STILL WENT TO THE FREAKING OLYMPICS, OKAY?
"For her to reach out to me like that really meant a lot and she said, ‘Keep your head up and keep at it,’ and I think that’s a great message for me and for other athletes. I’m really grateful to the people I’ve met here and I won’t be around for the next Olympics, but I’ll definitely be supporting all of the athletes."
Okay, we’re ready for our own personal pep talks, Leslie, whenever you have a moment, please.