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Any benefits from competing in Vancouver might be seen as early as next month, when the world championships are held in Turin, Italy. No U.S. woman has been on the world championship podium since 2006. American women have won seven Olympic gold medals overall, including three of the last five coming into Vancouver. The only other time since 1952 that they didn't medal was 1964, which was three years after the entire U.S. team was killed in a plane crash.
Nagasu noted that this year's gold and silver medalists are both 19 -- only a bit younger than she will be at the 2014 Sochi Games. Kim Yu-na and Mao Asada each came into the Olympics with significant international seasoning.
"At 16 you don't have the experience and the maturity that they skate with," Nagasu said. "Hopefully, by that time I'll be able to get that."
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