Mirai Nagasu is not Going to the Olympics because of Racism?

There was some controversy over the weekend at the U.S. Olympic Women’s Figure Skating Championships, which helps determine which skaters will go on to represent the United States in the Winter Olympics. Traditionally, the top three finishers make the team. But not this year. Mirai Nagasu came in third, but it was fourth place finisher Ashley Wagner who earned a spot to Sochi.


Some are calling this a racist decision based on the fact that Nagasu is Asian and Wagner is white and blond. But is it really racist? Let’s examine the facts, shall we?

Before I get down to business, I should point out in the spirit of full disclosure that I know nothing about figure skating except what I remember from the Will Ferrell movie Blades of Glory. But as that film seemed like a pretty accurate look into the world of figure skating to me and since not knowing anything about a topic has never stopped me from writing about it before, it’s full steam ahead as they say in figure skating lingo.


As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

 This week, we ask 5 questions to director Sarah Kim about her film, ODE TO A CHRISTMAS TREE.

1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

The Physics of Queen Yuna

We Offenders are all fans of Yuna Kim, the Gold Medal Winner and reigning world champion of Women’s Figureskating. Roger has professed his love here. Her athletic prowess is unmatchable and she has a few more good years to dominate the sport. Commentators are amazed at her sheer speed. So how does she do it? NYT produced a great segment, breaking down the physics of Yuna’s skating. I particularly love this because it’s told in her own words and is outlined in a very geeky way. Very cool! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAWl20HBxJM[/youtube]