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Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Is The First American Woman To Land A Triple Axel At The Olympics

She is only the third woman ever to complete the jump at an Olympic event.

Last updated on February 11, 2018, at 11:01 p.m. ET

Posted on February 11, 2018, at 10:23 p.m. ET

Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Sunday.

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The triple axel is the difficult maneuver that made Tonya Harding famous in 1991, when she became the first American woman to perform it at an international event.

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Harding landed her successful triple axel, which involves three and a half rotations, at the US Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis in 1991, but after that year she was unable to complete the jump in a competition.

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Nagasu successfully landed the historic triple axel during the first 30 seconds of her routine for the women’s free skate event.

"HOLY COW!" You just witnessed a historic triple axel from Mirai Nagasu. #WinterOlympics

Nagasu is 24 years old and from Montebello, California. At age 16, she represented the US at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, placing fourth in the women's event.

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Before Nagasu, only Japanese figure skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada had landed triple axels during the Olympics.

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Nagasu's entire routine was flawless and she scored 137.53.

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It was a personal best for Nagasu.

Prior to Sunday's event, Nagasu had landed a successful triple axel at the US International Figure Skating Classic in 2017.

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Way to go, Nagasu!

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