Febrero 24, 2018

Olympics Feb 11: Figure skater and luger both make US Olympic history

12 Febrero 2018, 04:53 | Gerardo Tarin

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After laying down that rock-solid triple axel at the start of her free skate, Nagasu almost seemed to be floating as she breezed through the rest of her nearly flawless program for a career-high score of 137.53.

But in landing one of the most challenging jumps in figure skating, she accomplished a feat that made her the first female American figure skater to nail the triple axel at the Olympics. She ended up fourth in Vancouver in 2010 and missed out on Sochi in 2014.

Nagasu is officially a figure skating and US Olympics legend.

What's a triple axel? Mentally, she was still processing her disappointment over being bypassed for the Olympic team, and eager to find some way to set her skating apart. So I knew going into it the amount of responsibility that I was given, and so as athletes we want to represent our country to the best of our ability and you know - Midori Ito, Mao Asada and now Mirai Nagasu, all of Japanese heritage. "She also, like Michelle's mom, sewed sequins on one by one and I would complain that they were not as shiny as the rocky crystals because we got ours at Target and Michael's". Her history-making skate followed Adam Rippon's focused and artful performance.

The 30-year-old Kalla raised her arms in triumph as she crossed the line in a time of 40 minutes, 44.9 seconds to win the 15-kilometer cross-country skiing. Team Canada won the gold while Russian Federation earned silver in figure skating's team event. In 2015 she captured a bronze medal at nationals.

Mirai Nagasu of the United States skates during the Ladies Single Skating Free Skating section of the Team Event on the third day of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, February 12.

Nagasu finished in second place in the women's free program of the mixed team final.

Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani returned to the ice one day after doing their short program to compete their free dance and contributed another nine points toward the US tally, finishing second to Canada's top-ranked duo.

This is Nagasu's second Olympics.

Nagasu homed in on the triple axel.

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