Mirai Nagasu becomes 1st U.S. woman to land triple axel at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu

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Mirai Nagasu made history at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday morning, becoming the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel during Olympic competition. The 24-year-old stunned the audience during her free skate by even attempting the difficult move, which involves a forward takeoff and three and a half rotations in the air. The feat helped the U.S. win its second straight bronze medal in the team competition. Only two other American women have successfully completed a triple axel in competition: Tonya Harding in 1991 and Kimmie Meissner in 2005. Nagasu landed her first competitive triple axel at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.

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