Mirai Nagasu Became the First American Woman to Land a Triple Axel in the Winter Olympics
Mirai Nagasu, a U.S. figure skater, made history Monday morning in Korea, becoming the very first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics in Pyeongchang.
As she competed in the women's individual in the team event, the 24-year-old nailed the Triple Axel. She has become only the third woman in Olympic history to ever nail it.
According to NBC, an axel is a forward-facing jump in which skaters take off from a forward outside edge in order to rotate in the air. A single axel is one-and-a-half rotations while a triple axel is three-and-a-half.
For as impressive as the trick itself was, maybe even greater was Mirai's reaction afterward. She looked really happy and smiling after she landed on it. But when her program finished, Mirai went nuts.
NBC Olympics has shared a video clip of Mirai's performance via Twitter.
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Here's how rare her accomplishment was,
To get a sense of how rare that Olympic triple axel was, Midori Ito did it in 1992, Mao Asada in 2010, and Mirai Nagasu 2018— David Epstein (@DavidEpstein) February 12, 2018
Mirai reaction afterward was also great. When asked what she was telling herself leading up to the move, Mirai told reporters, "No, girl, you are not going to fall."