Team USA’ s Mirai Nagasu has made history at the Pyeongchang Winter season Olympic Games, becoming the first Oughout. S. female figure skater — and 3rd woman ever — to nail a triple axel during an Olympic competition.
Nagasu, 24, was competing in the women’ s free skate in the group event on Monday when the lady landed the difficult jump. Nagasu received a score of 137. 53 for the routine — a personal best .
Viewers, naturally, went outrageous.
Even Kristi Yamaguchi, the former Group USA figure skater and Olympic champion, said she was losing “ tears of joy” more than Nagasu’ s achievement.
Nagasu, who also also landed a triple axel at the U. S. International Find Skating Classic last year, is among just a number of women who have effectively executed the jump in competitors. Tonya Harding was the first American woman to offer the feat , nailing the proceed at the national championship in 1991.
The Players’ Tribune shared a on Twitter showing how sports athletes like Nagasu train to property the challenging jump. It includes utilizing an off-ice skating harness, which can assist athletes get a feel of a jump’ s rotations.