America reacts to Mirai Nagasu's historic triple axel

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

Mirai Nagasu, the pride of American figure skating, took just a few moments to establish herself as a force to be reckoned with in South Korea.

That wasn't the last time that Nagasu will attempt the triple axel in these Olympics, either.

Nagasu is only the third American female skater to ever land the move, which involves a forward takeoff and three-and-a-half mid-air rotations, in competition. Nagasu received a score of 137.53 for the routine - a personal best.

Team USA's Mirai Nagasu has made history at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, becoming the first US female figure skater - and third woman ever - to nail a triple axel during an Olympic competition.

The 24-year-old veteran is on something of a redemption tour at these Games after being controversially left off the 2014 Sochi team - despite finishing just off the podium in Vancouver in 2010. She finished fourth in the free skate, missing out on a medal.

The Canadians have 55 points, seven ahead of the Russians, heading into the women's free skate.

She's helped the USA remain in position to win a medal in the team event, which concludes on Sunday.