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Mystery solved: That’s not a tattoo on figure skater Mirai Nagasu’s inner thigh

Mirai Nagasu of the United States performed in the Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea.
Mirai Nagasu of the United States performed in the Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. The Associated Press

U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu wowed viewers of the Winter Olympics when she became the first U.S. woman to hit a triple axel during women’s free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

However, some people watching television also wondered if Nagasu had a huge “USA” tattoo on her inner thigh.

While you can understand why people thought that might be the case, it is not a tattoo.

That is kinesiology tape, which was provided by KT Tape.

The company tweeted that it is used “to help provide pain relief and support. We provided #TeamUSA with tape with ‘USA’ on it so you can see it through her tights if you look closely.”

KT Tape felt the need to make that declaration, because quite a few people wondered if that was a tattoo:

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