Mirai Nigasu is the first American woman to land the triple axel at the Olympics

Feb. 23, 2018

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In figure skating, successfully pulling off a triple axel is not a simple task.

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The complex move requires a skater to jump off one foot and rotate three and a half times around before landing on their other foot.

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On Feb. 11, 24-year-old Mirai Nagasu had a powerful first performance in South Korea.

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In the free skate program, she nailed her famous triple axel, becoming the first American woman to land the tricky jump on Olympic ice.

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The major accomplishment makes Nagasu the third female Olympian in history to pull it off.

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Better yet, her strong performance helped Team USA nab the bronze medal in the figure skating team competition.

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Nagasu has a great appreciation for her parents, who both immigrated from Japan and run a Japanese restaurant in California.

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After school, Nagasu would help them clean up the restaurant. In her free time, her mother would make time to sew her daughter’s figure skating costumes.

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“To all the little girls out there, I would tell them to really appreciate what their parents do for them."

— Nigasu to the Washington Post

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