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Mirai Nagasu Opens Up About Having Her Period During The Olympics: It’s ‘Not That Big Of A Deal’

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Mirai Nagasu has a lot to be proud of: not only did she compete in this year’s Olympics as a figure skater on Team USA, she also made history by becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel at an Olympics.

While she may seem almost superhuman on the ice, Mirai must endure all the trials and tribulations that come with being a woman: pre-menstrual cramps and her period.

Mirai recently opened up to Cosmopolitan.com about what it was like to get her period during the competition, and it seems like she’s barely fazed by the natural monthly changes — even on the ice, wearing a skimpy costume.

She said, “It’s really not that big of a deal. You just stick a tampon up there.”

The champion figure skater also revealed that, this time, she lucked out. She had her period on the way to the games and didn’t actually have to compete during that part of her cycle.

But that’s not to say that she hasn’t hit the ice while menstruating in the past.

“Periods can induce cramps for me,” she added. “I find exercise helps.”

As for the risk of bleeding through her costume, Mirai says that it’s not something she’s worried about. She suggests using panty liners to protect your underwear, but as a champion, she has more pressing goals — like nailing those impressive triple axels.

“You just have to pretend like it never happened,” she said.

Now watch the clip below to see the figure skater in action! Please SHARE if you think Mirai Nagasu is an inspiration for all women and young girls!

Photo: Getty

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