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.


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.


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.


“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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