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Mirai Nagasu Makes History At The Olympics For Landing A Triple Axel

Mirai Nagasu Makes History At The Olympics For Landing A Triple Axel

Other than being the first American to land it in the Olympics, Nagasu is also only the eighth woman to land the triple-axel in an worldwide competition.

"It was bad", Nagasu told USA Today about missing the roster.

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.

It was Rippon who led off the final day of the team event, when the Americans were still in a nip-and-tuck struggle with Italy for the podium.

Nagasu, who was born to Japanese parents, follows in the footsteps of Midori Ito and Mao Asada - the only two other women to land the triple Axel at the Olympics. "I wanted to be on another Olympic team, but it took time to evolve myself as a person and a skater". With a new, even more sequined costume, 28-year-old Rippon got on the ice for his Olympic debut and told himself, "Baby, you better keep it together". But this year, I am all about Mirai Nagasu, just the third woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition. It doesn't happen immediately. She placed fourth in the women's event at the 2010 Olympics when she was 16.

Rippon did not try any quadruple jumps while Kolyada and Chan did. You know who was on "Dancing" a year ago?

Nagasu will next compete in the Olympic individual women's figure skating event on February 21. It's a lesson in focus and betting on the longevity of your career, even when the current situation looks hopeless.

"For both of us to be on this team, and to be on the same floor in the village, it's all super exciting", Nagasu said. The pair, who finished in eigth place at the Sochi games in 2014, finished second behind Canada, besting Russian Federation in third. "So much fun", Rippon said to NBC's Andrea Joyce. I told her as we were going through that, Mirai, I'm so lucky to have you by my side.

As I write this, Canada has just won its first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. I want to go over to the judges and say, 'Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink?