Winter Olympics 2018: Mirai Nagasu nails trick no American woman has ever done, celebrates passionately; watch video
On Monday, 24-year-old figure skater Mirai Nagasu created skating history by becoming the first American woman - and only the third woman overall - to land the triple Axel jump, fiendishly difficult move, in an Olympic event.
Competing in the women's individual in the team event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Nagasu began with a clean triple Axel and then went on to nail eight other triple jumps, which included a triple flip and triple Salchow combination.
To comprehend how difficult it is to perform a triple Axel jump, one has to first understand just how difficult an Axel Jump is. An axel is a forward-facing jump in which the skater takes off from a forward outside edge while at the same time, rotating in the air. Whereas a single axel is just one-and-a-half rotations, a triple axel is three-and-a-half.
The only other women who have managed to successfully land the jump in the history of the Olympics are Japanese skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada.
While her jump was as impressive as ever, it was her reaction at the end of her performance that won the hearts of the fans. Unable to control her emotions, Nagasu, whose immigrant parents run a Sushi restaurant in California, celebrated passionately.
"I tripped a couple times. I don’t know if you could tell. It was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my team-mates standing out of excitement,” she said after her performance.
When asked what she was telling herself leading up to the move, Nagasu replied, "No, girl, you are not going to fall."
Watch the video here: