2008 U.S. champ Nagasu changing coaches
California teen leaves Wong, begins working with Carroll
|In defense of her title, Mirai Nagasu finished fifth at the 2009 U.S. Championships. (Getty Images)|
Nagasu had trained with Wong since October 2006.
"At the end of the season, I felt like I really needed a change," Nagasu said. "After a lot of thought and deliberation, we decided that the right choice was to begin training with Mr. Carroll."
Under Carroll, Nagasu will train alongside two-time U.S. and reigning world champion Evan Lysacek.
"I'm very excited to be training with Evan," Nagasu said. "Training at the same rink as the current world champion is a great motivation -- exactly what I need moving into the Olympic year."
Carroll's former students include nine-time U.S. champion, five-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan; four-time U.S champion and two-time world champion Linda Fratianne; and two-time U.S. champion and two-time world medalist Christopher Bowman.
Carroll was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1996 and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2007.
"Charlene and I have been through a lot together," Nagasu said. "She's always been there for me and has been a huge part of my journey to this point."
In 2008, Nagasu, at 14 years and 9 months, became the youngest U.S. ladies champion since Tara Lipinski and the second-youngest U.S. ladies champion ever. She is the first lady since Joan Tozzer (1937-38) to win the U.S. junior and senior titles in consecutive years.