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Mirai Nagasu Becomes First-Ever American Female to Land a Triple Axel in the Olympics

At the the women’s free skate portion of the team figure skating competition on Feb. 12 at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Pyeongchang, South Korea (Feb. 11 in the United States), Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel in the Olympics. An axel is the most difficult of jumps as it requires a person to launch in a forward position (most jumps use backward skating momentum).

Nagasu is the third female overall to accomplish this Olympic feat. Japan’s Midori Ito (in 1992) and Mao Asada (in 2010) also landed triple axels during the Olympics.

The 24-year-old from Montebello, California later received a personal-best score of 137.53 for the entire routine.

Watch this historic achievement in American Olympic history:

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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