Skater Mirai Nagasu Lands Record-Making Triple Axel at the Olympics

She was the first U.S. female figure skater to land the jump during an Olympic competition.

February 12, 2018
USA Olympian Mirai Nagasu

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Figure skater Mirai Nagasu has done it again, landing the rare and incredibly difficult triple axel — this time while competing in the Winter Olympics. The feat makes her the first U.S. female figure skater to land the jump during an Olympic competition.

Completing the triple axel at the start of her free skate in the figure skating team event on Monday morning (Sunday evening stateside) already set her apart from her competitors, all before she had even left the rink: None of the other women even planned to attempt the triple axel, which requires a forward takeoff and three-and-a-half rotations in the air.

Such a feat puts Nagasu, 24, in select company around the world.

What’s more, 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.