No, That's Not a Giant 'USA' Tattoo on Mirai Nagasu's Leg
United States figure skater Mirai Nagasu started the women's individual competition during Tuesday night's primetime Olympics broadcast. Like when she helped Team USA earn a bronze medal in the figure skating team event by landing the first-ever triple axel by a US woman at the Olympics, Nagasu confused some people.
Some have wondered if Nagasu's Olympic pride is so strong she got a huge "USA" tattoo on her thigh, which can be seen while skating.
It's not a tattoo. It's Team USA-branded kinesiology tape used for a muscle strain, according to the NBC broadcast. The brand was quick to clear up the confusion and let viewers know it's not a tattoo, but tape for pain relief.
This isn't the only time you may have spotted KT Tape at work during the Olympics. Early in the Games, skiers were applying KT Tape to their face to protect themselves from PyeongChang's bitter cold. That's a use KT Tape doesn't necessarily recommend.
"We did not know or expect that it was going to be used on skiers' faces. That's not the intended use for KT Tape," KT Tape chief marketing officer Russ Schleiden told Thrillist. "We have not recommended, and we have not researched or tested using it for frostbite prevention or cold prevention."
It has, however, researched how Nagasu is using it for pain relief.
Skating people I need help - can someone please tell me if that is a giant leg tattoo for Mirai Nagasu and if so WHAT IS IT AND WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS????— uglypinkleo (@UglyPinkLeo) February 12, 2018
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