Mirai Nagasu Becomes First American Woman To Land Triple Axel

Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics.

Nagasu accomplished the rare feat in the women’s free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, skated first of the five women and led off her routine with the triple axel just 21 seconds in.

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States competes in the Figure Skating Team Event Ladies Single Free Skating on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

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Right: The skater is shown performing in the ladies single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena. Left: Nagasu Adam Rippon celebrate the venue ceremony after winning bronze in the figure skating team event

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Nagasu became the first American woman to successfully land the triple axel in the Olympics

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Nagasu completed a flawless routine, pumping both fists as she finished and got a standing ovation from the excited crowd

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Bronze medalists Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Bradie Tennell, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, Chris Knierim, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani celebrate during the victory ceremony

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The 24-year-old skated first of the five women and led off her routine with the triple axel just 21 seconds in

The feat drew huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics.

Nagasu completed a flawless routine, pumping both fists as she finished and got a standing ovation from the excited crowd and received a personal-best score of 137.53.

Going into the women’s free skate, the Canadians were first in the team competition, followed by the Russians in second and Americans in third.

The ice dance free skate is still to come.

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The flawless routine drew huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena

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Nagasu reacts with joy after her performance in the ladies single skating free skating

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Nagasu is seen celebrated after receiving a personal-best score of 137.53 for the performance

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