Figure skater Mirai Nagasu just became the first American woman to land the triple axel at the Winter Olympics

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Mirai Nagasu makes history with triple axel At Winter Olympics

Mirai Nagagu is the third American woman to land the move in competitive skate.

 

Samantha Grasso

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Published Feb 12, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 1:18 am CDT

Figure skater Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman to land the triple axel jump at the Winter Olympics.

The difficult jump, recently popularized in 2017’s Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, was landed by the film’s protagonist in 1991, then by Kimmie Meissner in 2005. Nagasu is the third American woman to pull off the maneuver in competitive skating.

On Twitter, fans ranging from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi to Reese Witherspoon cheered on the athlete’s accomplishment.

https://twitter.com/RWitherspoon/status/962893943166783488

https://twitter.com/kristiyamaguchi/status/962875633255763968

Looks Nagasu’s been warming up for this move since April.

Watch Nagasu leap into the history books below:

H/T Jezebel

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*First Published: Feb 12, 2018, 7:44 am CST