The 2018 Winter Olympics began Friday evening with an Opening Ceremony that wowed the world with its spectacular show. The eyes of the world are on South Korea for the next two weeks as athletes compete for their countries.
American figure skater, Mirai Nagasu was the first woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, and the third woman in history to complete the problematic jump at an event. Tonya Harding was made famous when she became the first woman to complete a triple axel in 1991.
On Sunday, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Nagasu competed in the Women’s free skate event. She successfully made the jump where she turned three and a half rotations within 30 seconds into her routine. Nagasu is a seasoned Olympian. At just 16-years-old, she placed fourth in the Women’s event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
NBC tweeted Nagasu’s historic athleticism, saying: “HOLY COW!” You just witnessed a historic triple axel from Mirai Nagasu. #WinterOlympics”
The 24-year-old from Montebello, California performed her personal best at Sunday’s event, scoring 137.53. This isn’t the first time the Olympian landed a triple axel at a figure skating event. Nagasu flawlessly landed a triple axel at the US International Figure Skating Classic in 2017.
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This is a Fabulous start for Team USA. We’ll have to stay tuned to see how our country’s athletes perform.