Mirai Nagasu Makes History as the First American Woman to Land a Triple Axel at the Olympics

Mirai Nagasu Makes History as the First American Woman to Land a Triple Axel at the Olympics

During her free skate for the figure skating team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, Mirai Nagasu made history when she landed a triple axel, becoming the first American woman to do so at the Olympics and the third woman to do so in the history of the Winter Games.


Nagasu was the only skater in the women’s free skate who attempted the difficult jump, which requires a forward takeoff and three-and-a-half rotations. She’s one of only three American women who have landed a triple axel in competition, the other two being Tonya Harding and Kimmie Meissner, though Nagasu is the only one to have done it in the Olympics.





"HOLY COW!" You just witnessed a historic triple axel from Mirai Nagasu. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/NsNuy9F46h pic.twitter.com/jCMTb4LtXv


— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 12, 2018




As might be expected, the internet was overjoyed when Nagasu completed the triple axel and took to Twitter to share their many emotions about it.





🔥ALL WORSHIP MIRAI NAGASU AND HER LEGENDARY 3A🔥 pic.twitter.com/epVSWIkQyn


— 🐨nikola (@notgneissatall) February 12, 2018







Mirai Nagasu just became the first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition AND I AM SCREAMING


— Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) February 12, 2018







Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu are roomies at the Olympics. They ate In and Out Burger when they didn't make the 2014 Olympics. Today, he almost cried when she landed her triple axel. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/gHmwemEMnM


— Rachel Rose Gold (@RachelRoseGold1) February 12, 2018







Just gonna keep watching this @mirai_nagasu cheer on loop. pic.twitter.com/TL0OW5G55z


— Julia Haslanger (@JuliaJRH) February 12, 2018







WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MIRAI NAGASU INVENTED FIGURE SKATING


— kate (@ashwagners) February 12, 2018