Mirai Nagasu becomes 1st U.S. woman to land triple axel during Olympics figure skating competition

Mirai Nagasu of the United States of America celebrates after competing in the Figure Skating Team Event Ladie's 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 Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

If you need a reason to pump your fist today, American figure skater Mirai Nagasu gave us all a good one one with her groundbreaking performance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang that aired late Sunday night in the U.S. The 24-year-old figure skater, who hails from California, pulled off a feat no woman skating for the U.S. in Olympic competition had ever achieved: landing a triple axel. The result was nothing short of majestic.

Mirai Nagasu of the U.S. airborne and spinning during her free skate at the Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

At the end of her free skate performance, Nagasu brimmed with satisfaction, and so did her teammates watching from the side of the rink. At that stage of the competition, the triple axel had vaulted her to the top of the field individually, and her show-stopping routine helped the U.S. team to a bronze medal finish.

Mirai Nagasu’s American teammates react during her free historic skate performance in South Korea on Sunday. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)

The record moment had to be extra sweet for Nagasu who was cut from the U.S. Olypmic team in 2014. She finished fourth at the 2010 Winter Games, when she was just 16 years old. “This is definitely history or ‘herstory,’ whatever way you want to put it,” Nagasu said afterward, according to The Orange County Register. “Today was a really, really unforgettable experience.”

Watch a highlight of the exciting moment below.

Read the full story at The Orange County Register


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