Mirai Nagasu first American woman to land triple Axel during Olympics figure skating

Both Olympic figure skating events involve two skaters competing together, but that's where the similarities end.

Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple Axel in the Olympics, accomplishing the rare feat in the women's free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, skated first of the five women and led off her routine with the triple Axel just 21 seconds in. The feat drew huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

 

 

Japan's Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple Axels during the Olympics.

Nagasu completed a flawless routine, pumping both fists as she finished and got a standing ovation from the excited crowd. She received a personal-best score of 137.53.

The United States earned the bronze medal in team figure skating.

 

© 2018 Associated Press


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