Mirai Nagasu made history on Monday in PyeongChang, becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics. She was the star of the show as the U.S. figure skating team danced to a bronze medal.
But as Nagasu became a household name, some viewers wondered: Wait … is that a big “USA” tattoo on the inside of her right leg?
You can see why some were confused. Especially while Nagasu was in motion, it was clear there was something on her leg.
But it wasn’t clearly exactly what.
Okay, we all want to know. What's on @mirai_nagasu 's leg?
— Jessica Bardelli (@JessicaBardelli) February 12, 2018
— aligazan (@aligazan) February 12, 2018
Alas, it was not a tattoo. Not a bruise. It was KT Tape, an “elastic sports tape designed to relieve pain while supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments,” according to the brand’s website.
— KT Tape (@KTTape) February 12, 2018
Nagasu confirmed that, no, it was not a tattoo:
This is the first I’m hearing of this but definitely not a big bold tattoo. https://t.co/pproDwhN2Y
— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) February 12, 2018
KT Tape is not uncommon in figure skating, or in other sports, for that matter. It’s what Tom Brady wore on his hand during the AFC title game. It’s the “official kinesiology tape licensee of the U.S. Olympic team,” and is used by athletes such as James Harden and Kerri Walsh Jennings. You’ll see it, and similar products, throughout PyeongChang.
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