U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu lands history-making triple axel at the Olympics

Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics after competing in the women's free skate on February 11th.

Brittany King

History was made on February 11. Mirai Nagasu, who had been snubbed by U.S. skating officials for a spot on the 2014 Olympic team, became the first American in history to land a triple axel jump at the Olympics.


The 24-year-old left it all out on the ice at the PyeongChang Olympics, and during the opening jump of her free skate on the final day of the team competition, Nagasu delivered. 

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 teammates standing out of excitement.

The California native skated first of the five women and led her routine with the triple axel 21 seconds in, a feat that had fans erupting with cheers at the Gangneung Ice Arena. 


Nagasu finished with a huge technical score of 73.38 and a total score of 137.53, a personal best. She also became just the second American woman to land the jump in international competition, and the first do so in nearly 27 years since Tonya Harding landed a triple axel at the 1991 World Championships.


"Its historical and something no one can take away from me," Nagasu said afterward, according to the Washington Post. "I wanted to make America proud."