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US Olympic figure skating team has a big dose of California talent




Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
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The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games was Friday. California will be well represented on Team USA, particularly on the ice rink.

Five members of the figure skating team -- Karen Chen, Mirai Nagasu, Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou -- are from the Golden State.

Rippon and Nathan Chen both train at The Rinks in Lakewood, a SoCal facility that has become a destination for top skating talent. Rippon said training alongside his teammate Nathan Chen has helped him keep his focus while preparing for the games. 

"Training with Nathan has been a little bit of my own secret weapon because I've really seen him come up, and I've seen the hard work he puts in and it motivates me to do the same."

Getting ready for the Olympics is, of course, a huge challenge, but these skaters have their families, friends and mentors to help them. Karen Chen turned to her skating idol and fellow SoCal native, Kristi Yamaguchi, for some advice before she left for the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.