Sport Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land triple axel in Olympics

08:56  12 february  2018
08:56  12 february  2018 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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On Sunday, Nagasu , 24, became the first American woman to land a triple axel during the Olympics , helping lift the United States team to a bronze medal in team competition. You just witnessed a historic triple axel from Mirai Nagasu .

Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics , accomplishing the rare feat in the women ’s free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

a person in a pool of water: Mirai Nagasu reacts after completing her free skate in the team figure skating competition in PyeongChang.© Julie Jacobson/AP Mirai Nagasu reacts after completing her free skate in the team figure skating competition in PyeongChang. US Figure Skating's snub of Mirai Nagasu for a spot on the 2014 Sochi Olympic team, despite a third-place finish at that year's national championships that should have clinched it, would have crushed many competitors. There was no formal explanation and little logic, in the view of many of the sport's enthusiasts.

Rather than quit, Nagasu, then 20, doubled down on her commitment to the sport. She moved away from her beloved parents in California, relocated to the US Olympic training centre in Colorado Springs and, with a new coach, poured herself into mastering the tricky triple axel — a jump that only two American women had successfully landed in competition.

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Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, skated first of the five women and led off her routine with the triple axel just 21 seconds in. Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics .

Mirai Nagasu of Team USA during her ladies singles free skate as part of the team figure skating competition of the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung The triple axel came first , and she delivered, completing all of the tricky rotations and landing solidly on one foot.

Monday at the PyeongChang Winter Games, Nagasu got her redemption in triumphant fashion, making US figure skating history by becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics.

“It’s historical and something no one can take away from me,” Nagasu said. “I wanted to make America proud.”

Nagasu, 24, landed the jump at the Gangneung Ice Arena under enormous pressure, the first of five women to perform her free skate on the final day of competition toward the Olympics team medal. With the US squad sitting in third, hopelessly out of gold medal contention yet under threat of losing its provisional bronze to Italy, Nagasu took the ice and held nothing back in the 4 1/2-minute program she had scripted to music from Miss Saigon.

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Mirai Nagasu made history on Monday, becoming the first American woman in history to land a Nagasu , 24, landed the triple axel toward the beginning of her program during the team event. She is the third woman in Olympic history to land a triple axel during a competition at the Games.

Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman -- and third overall -- to land a triple axel in the Olympics , accomplishing the rare feat in the women 's free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

The triple axel came first, and she delivered, completing all of the tricky rotations and landing solidly on one foot. Her coach pumped his fists and leapt in excitement. From there, it was as if an anvil was lifted from Nagasu’s shulders, and she didn’t miss a jump or put a skate wrong. As her program wound down, she was beaming, completing her final triple loop and finishing with a layback spin of sheer beauty and release.

Nagasu shook her fists twice as her teammates gave her a standing ovation, aware of her sacrifice and courage. Judges scored her a 137.53, more than seven points higher than her season’s best.

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Mirai Nagasu made history on Monday, February 12, when she became the first U.S. woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel during an Olympic It’s one of the most difficult moves in figure skating, and Tonya Harding was the first American woman to land it in 1991 at the U.S. Figure

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The high-risk triple axel, which actually demands 3½ rotations in the air because skaters take off from a forward position and land facing backward, was the first jump in her program.

Tonya Harding was the first American woman to land a triple axel in competition but failed in her attempt at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. A decade later, 2006 world champion Kimmie Meissner became the second American woman to land the jump but, like Harding, didn’t do so at the Olympics. Nagasu joined their ranks last fall, landing one in international competition.

Nagasu’s story is one of uncommon talent, sacrifice and resolve. She won the US junior title at 13 and the following year, at 14, she became the youngest US champion since Tara Lipinski. Named to the 2010 Olympic team, she finished fourth in Vancouver, the best by a female American skater, and charmed fans with her open heart and quick wit.

Despite what feels like perpetual evolution in figure skating, few women attempt the triple axel. Only two have completed it on an Olympic stage: Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada.

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Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land a triple axel at Winter Olympics (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) Mirai Nagasu has become the first

Mirai Nagasu ’s first performance at the Pyeongchang Olympics quickly became a historic one, as the figure skater is now the first American woman to land the triple axel at the Olympics .

As Nagasu said at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last month, “It’s worth going down in history for.”

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