By: Kyle James | 02-11-2018 | News
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First American Woman Lands Triple Axel in the Olympics

A crowd-dazzling feat has been successfully performed by an American woman for the first time in the Olympics.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;HOLY COW!&quot; You just witnessed a historic triple axel from Mirai Nagasu. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WinterOlympics?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WinterOlympics</a> <a href="https://t.co/NsNuy9F46h">https://t.co/NsNuy9F46h</a> <a href="https://t.co/jCMTb4LtXv">pic.twitter.com/jCMTb4LtXv</a></p>&mdash; NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics/status/962875892627369984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 12, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mirai Nagusu became the first American woman to land the triple axel in the Olympics, one of the rarest feats in the women's free skate team competition.

Nagusu is 24-years-old and from Montebello, California. She skated first of the five women and wowed spectators at the start of her routine with the triple Axel. Nagusu landed the complex maneuver just 21 seconds into her routine.

The impressive triple axel drew huge cheers and applause from the crowds at the Gangneung Ice Arena. Nagusu was the third woman to ever land the triple axel at the Olympics.

Two skaters from Japan, Midori Ito, and Mao Asada, also both landed triple axels during the Olympics. Ito landed hers in 1988 and Asada landed three in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Nagusu ended her performance with a flawless routine pumping both fists as she finished. Her routine received a standing ovation from the excited crowd.

The routine earned her a personal-best score of 137.53. Heading into the women's free skate, the Canadians were in the lead, followed by the Russians in second and Americans in third.

Spectators are now waiting for the ice dance free skate which is still to come.

This wasn't America's first feat at the 2018 Winter Olympics, <a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/18123-17-Year-Old-Snowboarder-Takes-Home-America-s-First-Olympic-Gold-Medal">a 17-year-old American snowboarder</a> took home America's first Olympic Gold Medal yesterday at the 2018 games.

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Source: https://nypost.com/2018/02/11/first-american-woman-lands-triple-axel-in-the-olympics/

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