American female skater Tonya Harding did try the jump at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, but failed in her attempt. Two other American women, Kimmie Meissner and the infamous Tonya Harding, have landed the triple axel in global competitions, but never at the Olympics.
That evolution, which included a slump in which Nagasu finished 10th at nationals in 2015, has been overseen by renowned coach Tom Zakrajsek, who believes the best is yet to come.
On the summer side, three-time beach volleyball champ Misty May-Treanor competed on Season 7 after Beijing but withdrew after rupturing her Achilles tendon, and Final Five gymnast Laurie Hernandez and 12-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte were on Season 23 right after Rio, where Lochte infamously lied about getting robbed.
Nagasu was showered with messages of congratulations from all corners of American Twitter, including former American figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. "I honestly don't think that I would have worked as hard on the triple Axel if I didn't have that time to really contemplate", said Nagasu. "Not only does that take a lot of body strength but that takes mental strength, as well". In the 21st century, the world's elite skaters are landing quadruple backward-takeoff jumps.
When she completed her program, Nagasu was just as excited as her fans.
Nagasu's parents, Kiyoto and Ikuko, came to the USA from Japan about three decades ago to open their own sushi restaurant, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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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