Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

USA's Mirai Nagasu lands historic triple axel in PyeongChang

USA's Mirai Nagasu lands historic triple axel in PyeongChang

To put in perspective, the axel jump was invented in the late 1800s, and the triple axel has only been landed by eight women ever in worldwide competition.

In figure skating, the triple axel is considered to be one of the most hard maneuvers, and Nagasu became the first American figure skater to ever do it at the Olympics. The skate was part of the figure skating team event. Her successful attempt gave her the confidence to finish strong.

Nagasu finished with a 137.53 overall score, which was second-best of the ladies free skate, giving the United States nine points in the team competition.

Her fantastic performance, however, managed to land her only in second place in the team event, her first Olympic appearance since 2010.

The Internet went wild after American figure skater Mirai Nagasu made history when she became the first-ever American woman to land the elusive triple axel at the Olympics.

It was a comeback story of sorts for Nagasu, who missed out on the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

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