American skater Mirai Nagasu

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USA Skater Mirai Nagasu Lands Record-Making Triple Axel

One USA Olympian made history over the weekend

February 12, 2018 - 11:16 am
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(KMOX) - One USA Olympian made history over the weekend.

Figure skater Mirai Nagasu, 24, started her 2018 Olympic career by becoming the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel in the Winter Olympics.

The stunt requires a forward takeoff and three-and-a-half rotations in the air. Nagasu landed the jump, and set herself apart from her competitors. 

Nagasu told NBC, “I’m very fortunate that I’m American and so I’ll be the first U.S. lady to have landed the triple axel. And so today is a day of accomplishment for me. However, my Olympic experience is not over and I’m excited to go home and recover for a little bit and still soak in every second of this.”

Only two other U.S. female figure skaters have pulled off a triple axel in competition: First was Tonya Harding, during the national championship in 1991, followed by Kimmie Meissner in 2005.

While Canada won the gold medal for Team Skate event, the Americans took bronze behind Russia — and Nagasu landed a season-best score of 137.53.