Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman and third overall, to land a triple axel in the Olympics. Nagasu accomplished rare feat in women’s free skate at team competition in Pyeongchang. The 24 years old from Montebello, California, skated first of the 5 women and led off her routine with the triple axel just 21 seconds in.
The feat drew huge cheers from crowd at Gangneung Ice Arena. Japan’s Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during Olympics. Nagasu completed a flawless routine, pumping both fists as she finished and got a standing ovation from excited crowd and received a personal-best score of 137,53. Going into women’s free skate, Canadians were first in team competition, followed by the Russians in second and Americans in third. The ice dance free skate is still to come.