Team USA’ s Mirai Nagasu has actually made history at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, ending up being the very first U.S. female figure skater — et 3rd lady ever — to nail a triple axel throughout an Olympic competitors.
Nagasu, 24, was contending in the ladies’ s totally free skate in the group occasion on Monday when she landed the tough dive. Nagasu got a rating of 137.53 for the regular — an individual finest .
Viewers, naturellement, went wild.
Even Kristi Yamaguchi, the previous Team USA figure skater and Olympic champ, stated she was shedding “ tears of pleasure ” over Nagasu ’ s accomplishment.
Nagasu, who likewise landed a triple axel at the États Unis International Figure Skating Classic in 2015, est amongst simply a handful of ladies who have actually effectively carried out the dive in competitors. Tonya Harding was the very first American female to attain the task , nailing the relocation at the championship game in 1991.
The Players ’ Tribune shared a video on Gazouillement demonstrating how professional athletes like Nagasu train to land the tough dive. It consists of utilizing an off-ice skating harness, which can assist professional athletes get a feel of a dive’ s rotations.