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Mirai Nagasu Becomes The First American Woman To Land A Triple Axel In The Winter Olympics

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Skating a stellar routine in the women's free skate portion of the team competition, she began with a clean triple axel and then went on to nail eight other triple jumps, including a triple flip and triple salchow combination as she helped America claim bronze. More importantly, she finished ahead of skaters from Italy and Japan who were expected to beat her - consolidating the US hold on bronze and allowing ice dancers Maia and Alex Sibutani to merely ice the bronze cake in the competition's final discipline.

"Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, 'Get on the tracks and get some speed, '" she said of the moment leading up to her jump, according to The Guardian.

"I am very fortunate that I'm American so I'm the first U.S. lady.I remember watching (2014 U.S. Olympian) Gracie Gold in Sochi being the last person to skate and I was like, oh my god, I don't know how she did it", she said. She was not among the three US skaters chosen to compete in ladies singles in the 2014 Winter Olympics despite finishing third at the national championship.

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Two months later, Nagasu moved from Southern California, where her parents own a sushi restaurant, to Colorado Springs and coach Tom Zakrajsek. Reportedly, the trick is incredibly hard to pull off, which is why she experienced widespread adulation after successfully landing it. And she did it by etching her name in the record books with a triple axel for the ages. "We room together at the village".

Nagasu is only skater in her division to perform the triple axel, and her performance marked the third time the feat has ever been seen on the Olympic stage. She revealed that this will be the second time ever that the couple has closed their business: "We only closed it one other time, for the Olympics in 2010". But I changed myself and became a better skater. Nagau said to Andrea Joyce from NBC that to "nail that Triple Axel...that was really special for me". Mirai isn't the only one to make history at this year's worldwide competition. In addition, she also earned silver and bronze at the Four Continents Championship and a 2-time World Junior medalist.

"I knew in my heart this day would come".



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