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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.
I watched Home Again on the way to the Olympics and I know it’s a movie but I wished you were my mom. You’re my hero. ❤️ https://t.co/LRHEMEXroE— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) February 12, 2018
Thank you so much! https://t.co/WbjfeCCY3P— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) February 12, 2018
Looks Nagasu’s been warming up for this move since April.
Hey world,— Mirai Nagasu (@mirai_nagasu) April 12, 2017
This is what I've been up to.
Watch Nagasu leap into the history books below:
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.