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Saturday, February 13, 2010
'It's got the whole ocean in it'

VANCOUVER -- U.S. figure skating Olympian Mirai Nagasu, whose parents own a sushi restaurant in Arcadia, Calif., now has a signature roll named after her -- and it sounds like it might be bigger than she is.

"It's got the whole ocean in it,'' the diminutive 16-year-old Japanese-American told reporters Saturday. "Salmon, tuna, yellowtail, mentaiko -- which is spicy fish eggs that are pink, and really good with pasta -- masago, which is common in California rolls -- and shrimp tempura. And then all these sauces, and rice, and seaweed.''

Japanese reporters inquired about whether there is also a Mao Asada roll on the menu. Nagasu responded in Japanese, and then translated. "No way, it's my parents' restaurant!'' she said.

However, the food Nagasu is looking forward to eating most after the Olympics (and presumably after she can be more casual about her calorie consumption) is ice cream.

"Hopefully it will be because I'm happy and not because I'm sad,'' she said.