Another woman goes down in history for landing a complicated jump at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Mirai Nagasu is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics and the third to do it in the history of the Winter Games—Midori Ito in 1992 and Mao Asada in 2012.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018
🔥ALL WORSHIP MIRAI NAGASU AND HER LEGENDARY 3A🔥 pic.twitter.com/epVSWIkQyn
— 🐨nikola (@notgneissatall) February 12, 2018
The triple Axel requires a forward takeoff and three-and-a-half rotations, and as Mirai said in an interview the more you spin, the harder it is to breathe—not to mention you still have to land in clean and not on your face. She is also one of the three American women to land the jump in a competition, the others being Tonya Harding (yes, she has a biographical film called I, Tonya) and Kimmie Meissner, but only Mirai was able to perform it at the Olympics.
Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu are roomies at the Olympics. They ate In and Out Burger when they didn’t make the 2014 Olympics. Today, he almost cried when she landed her triple axel. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/gHmwemEMnM
— Rachel Rose Gold (@RachelRoseGold1) February 12, 2018
Photo courtesy of Robert Schmidt/Slate
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