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Anderson keeps her cool, Nagasu and Rippon steal the show

16 Febrero 2018, 11:07 | Benedicto Grullon

A historic triple axel and a giggle: How Mirai Nagasu helped the US win Olympic bronze in team skate

Mirai Nagasu

Before she landed a historic triple axel in the women's free skate at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, Mirai Nagasu was an Ice Girl for the Colorado Avalanche. "We're going to try to maybe talk to someone to explain to us why we got such mediocre score".

So thrilled for @mirai_nagasu becoming the first woman from the @TeamUSA to land a Triple Axel in @Olympics competition. "That kind of pressure and build up after eight years is fantastic".

The triple axel is a remarkable jump that looks like it wants to completely destroy physics.

On Sunday night, the actress tweeted at Nagasu after she became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

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.

"Mirai craves repetition", he said, according to Time. "And that gave her confidence, and everything she did will give her confidence going forward".

"For many it is the first Olympic Games and it is a valuable experience to work as a team", said Medvedeva, also an Olympic medal favorite in the individual event. "That's what it does".

Canada may have taken home gold in the team event, but it was two American skaters, Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon, who stole the show.

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