You would think that when Mirai Nagasu became the first American female figure skater to land the triple axel at the 2018 Olympic Games, that’s ALL anyone would talk about. Turns out that you can accomplish a feat of strength at the Olympics and people will still be like, “That’s great, but is that a gigantic tattoo on your thigh?”
During her routine, it appeared as if Mirai had “USA” tattooed down her thigh. While that would have been baller if it was the case, what you saw was just therapeutic tape. In fact, you can even buy your own Team USA KT Tape like Nagasu’s online, which is meant to relieve pain and provide support to sore muscles, joints, and tendons.
After Twitter worked itself into a frenzy over speculation that Nagasu had a giant thigh tat, Nagasu set the record straight by retweeting someone who explained that she’s just wearing tape.
“No, Mirai Nagasu does not have a huge tattoo on her inner thigh,” someone wrote on Twitter. “It’s therapeutic tape. Unless…She has a huge tattoo of therapeutic tape on her inner thigh???!!!”
Nagasu had a sense of humor about the whole thing and added: “Omg mindblown that I’ve been figured out.”
She also responded “just some tape” to another report about her “tattoo.”
So, sorry all-of-Twitter, but this…
…is not the badass tattoo you thought it was.
On the bright side, this entire debacle led us to Nagasu’s Twitter account, where we learned that she is clearly a woman after our own hearts.
She’s a Pitch Perfect fan who also wants to meet Leslie Jones? Same.