Mirai Nagasu leaps into history with Olympic triple axel


She scored a total score of 137.53, a personal best, the Associated Press reported.

Midori Ito and Mao Asada, both from Japan, are the only other women to land the jump at the Olympics, according to Yahoo News. A triple axel requires three-and-a-half rotations before landing. Winter Olympics. The 24-year-old, according to Yahoo Sports, became the second American woman to successfully pull off the triple axel at an worldwide competition - the last time a woman did that was 27 years ago, and her name was Tonya Harding. Tonya Harding landed the jump in 1991, as did Kimmie Meissner in 2005.

Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, 20-something veterans who have already lived a lifetime or two in figure skating, turned in the performances of their lives Monday morning to lead the United States to the bronze medal in the Olympic figure skating team competition.

This is Nagasu's second Olympics.

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She sought to return to the Olympic games in Sochi in 2014, but wasn't selected to the U.S. team in what was a controversial decision.

He's an artistically lovely skater who finished second behind Nathan Chen at the USA national championships-and he's also popular on social media, and just happens to be the first openly-gay Winter Olympian.

USA figure skater Adam Rippon had a strong Olympic debut on Sunday night.

What else do you need to know about Rippon and his performance in tonight's team figure skating event?

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But both figure skaters were very determined.

Nagasu says that while in general she turns to comedy and laughter to reduce pressure at big events like the Olympics, overcoming the heartbreak of missing the Sochi team was tough. "I honestly don't think that I would have worked as hard on the triple Axel if I didn't have that time to really contemplate".

Christine Brennan, who's at the Olympics reporting, pointed out how popular Rippon was with the media.

The women's free skate competition Sunday night (Feb. 11) at the Olympics was as mesmerising for the action on the ice as it was for the athletes' choice of music.

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