Mirai Nagasu, a 24-year-old from Arcadia, California, became the first American woman to pull of a triple axel in the Olympics during the women’s free skate at the team competition yesterday in Pyeongchang. Nagasu is just the third woman to ever land a triple axel in the Olympics, according to ESPN.
The triple axel came just 21 seconds into Nagasu’s routine, which ultimately ended with a standing ovation from the crowd. Her performance is even more special when you consider the fact that she was left off the U.S. team in Sochi after finishing fourth at the 2010 Olympics.