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What's That Mark on U.S. Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu's Thigh? 

Mirai Nagasu of the United States performs in the ladies single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

After figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first women’s skater to nail a triple axel in an Olympic event, all anyone could talk about were the strange markings on her upper thigh. Was it a tattoo? A bruise? Some sort of kinesthetic tape?

But before we get to that, let’s recap her performance from Sunday night in the women’s individual portion of the team event in Pyeongchang, S. Korea.

The 24-year-old Nagasu wasn’t just the first American to land a triple axel at the Olympics, she was also only the second American woman to land the jump in an international competition. The first was completed by Tonya Harding — nearly 27 years ago. The only other women to land the jump in an Olympic competition were Midori Ito and Mao Asada, both from Japan. Here’s the amazing feat:

Be sure to watch to the end to see Nagasu’s emotional reaction to skating a clean program.

But that wasn’t all skating fans were talking about. Everyone wanted to know whether Nagasu was sporting a bruise, a tattoo, or KT Tape:

Twitter literally blew up with fans asking this question.

You can get a better look at it here:

https://twitter.com/RachelRoseGold1/status/962874862833369088

 

The consensus seems to be that it’s kinesiology tape, often used by athletes who are nursing muscle injuries.

This photo from a recent event seemed to settle the matter:

It could be some variation of KT Tape:

We’ll update this article and let you know when we get confirmation on whether it’s kinesiology tape — or a new tattoo! (We’re 99. 4 percent sure it’s KT Tape!)

CONFIRMED:

“She’s wearing @KTTape, a kinesiology tape to help provide pain relief and support. We provided with tape with “USA” on it so you can see it through her tights if you look closely,” KT Tape tweeted.

KT Tape told reached out to PJ Media to let us know that Nagasu was wearing their blue tape, which looked black when covered by the skater’s tights.

Well, that settles THAT!

Way to go, Mirai — and KT Tape! Go TEAM USA!

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