United States figure skater Mirai Nagasu made history on Monday after becoming the first American woman in history to land the incredibly difficult triple Axel jump at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and only the third overall.
The 24-year-old’s run helped the US to claim the bronze medal in the team event, as after starting with the incredibly difficult jump, she then completed eight other triple jumps including a triple flip and a triple Slachow combination.
Four years ago, Nagasu was heartbroken after being left off the US team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics in favour of a woman who ranked lower than she had at a key qualifying event.
But on Monday, the woman whose Japanese immigrant parents run a sushi restaurant and mother hand-sewed her costumes, made skating history.
Clearly overjoyed, the 24-year-old Nagasu, who was skating at her second Olympics, pumped her fists and grinned as she skated off the ice.
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