It's hard enough to become one of the best athletes in your sport. But winning competitions and dealing with your period at the same time sounds like a major challenge. Team USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu, however, doesn't let her totally natural bodily functions affect her performance.
"It's really not that big of a deal. You just stick a tampon up there," Mirai, who just made history as the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, told Cosmopolitan. "Periods can induce cramps for me, which I find exercise helps [alleviate]." She also compared period cramps to muscle pain any elite athlete might have to deal with — uncomfortable, but something to power through — and basically sums up her thoughts in a big shrug emoji.
But, you might wonder, does she ever worry about bleeding on one of her glitzy, expensive skating outfits? Not really. "Panty liners are super helpful if you just want to protect your underwear," she says, adding that if it did happen to her, "you just have to pretend like it never happened." Relatable.
She previously told Teen Vogue that menstruation isn't something that should get in the way of your training.
"It's actually not that bad because you just put a tampon in there and go at it. You can't let things like that affect your training," she said.
Mirai has also spoken out about misconceptions people have about figure skaters always looking "perfect." Just before the Olympics began, Teen Vogueasked her what most people get wrong about the sport. She told us, "I think that everyone thinks that we always want to look perfect, which, who doesn't? But also, when I'm at home, I'm that type of person who doesn't put on a lick of makeup, and I also sweat balls at the gym and at the rink. So yeah, I want to look good, but I also am not afraid to sweat."