Olympic Skater Mirai Nagasu Was An Ice Girl In The NHL

Canadian women blank Russians 5-0 to open Olympic play

Winter Olympics. The 24-year-old, according to Yahoo Sports, became the second American woman to successfully pull off the triple axel at an global competition - the last time a woman did that was 27 years ago, and her name was Tonya Harding. Take a look at her historic triple axel jump below.

Nagasu's performance on Sunday, set to "Miss Saigon", included eight other triple jumps and earned her a score of 137.43 points, good for second place in the free skate.

Last night, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics.

"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. He went on to say, "I've been waiting for this my whole life, then to see my friend go out there and skate like that is better still". As Reuters reports, this makes her the third woman overall to do the move in Olympic competition.

It's hard to believe Nagasu could squeeze much more out of her routine.

She was snubbed for Sochi in 2014 despite finishing third in the USA nationals as the selectors handed the Olympic berth to Ashley Wagner, who finished fourth. "Honestly, we were depressed that we weren't at the [Olympics]", teammate Adam Rippon recalled, according to ESPN.

"Before Maia skated I gave her a hug and said, "We are all going to be out there with you", Nagasu said. "Going into it, I was like a train and I was like, 'Get on the tracks and get some speed.' And, I tripped a couple times".

Ikuko and husband, Kiyoto, own sushi restaurant Kiyosuzu in Arcadia, California, and she told Us that the restaurant will be closed for a week while they head across the globe.

Nagasu says that while in general she turns to comedy and laughter to reduce pressure at big events like the Olympics, overcoming the heartbreak of missing the Sochi team was tough. It was a moment in history her friends won't ever forget.

"She's wearing @KTTape, a kinesiology tape to help provide pain relief and support", the brand wrote on Twitter.

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