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Mirai Nagasu Becomes First US Woman To Land Triple Axel At The Olympics!

Four years ago, Mirai Nagasu was heartbroken after she was left off the U.S. women’s figure skating team for the Sochi OIympics. The woman who went in Nagasu’s place was Ashley Wagner, who leap-frogged Nagasu despite finishing third at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Now, Wagner is one of the many figure skaters congratulating Nagasu for making history in PyeongChang.

 

On Monday, Nagasu became the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

Nagasu is the third American woman overall to successfully land the jump at a major competition, following Tonya Harding in 1991 and Kimmie Meissner in 2005.

 

Harding infamously fell from grace after her on-ice rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked by Harding’s bodyguard in 1994.

Harding’s story is being told in the movie I, Tonya, with Margo Robbie portraying Harding to rave reviews and award nominations.

 

Nagasu isn’t involved in any brutal attack on a fellow skater but she was involved in bringing Team USA the bronze medal in the team competition in PyeongChang behind Canada and Russia, respectively.

Head to the next page to check out Nagasu’s history-making jump!

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