Mirai Nagasu first U.S. female skater to land triple axel at Olympics

  • Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
11:54 p.m Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 Nation World

Mirai Nagasu became the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel at the Olympics, and just the third woman to ever accomplish the feat.

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Nagasu, 24, put the jump at the beginning of her 4 1/2 minute routine Monday, landing flawlessly on one foot. She scored a total score of 137.53, a personal best, the Associated Press reported. 

“It’s historical and something no one can take away from me,” Nagasu told the Washington Post. “I wanted to make America proud.”

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Mirai Nagasu of the United States reacts after her routine in the Figure Skating Team Event Ladies Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 12, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Midori Ito and Mao Asada, both from Japan, are the only other women to land the jump at the Olympics, according to Yahoo News.

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The triple axel is more challenging than a typical jump because it requires the skater to make three and a half rotations in the air, not just three.