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2018 Winter Olympics

Watch Mirai Nagasu become the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics

Mirai Nagasu made history at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday morning, becoming the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel during Olympic competition.

The 24-year-old stunned the audience during her free skate by even attempting the difficult move, which involves a forward takeoff and three and a half rotations in the air. Only two other American women have successfully completed a triple axel in competition: Tonya Harding in 1991 and Kimmie Meissner in 2005. This wasn't Nagasu's first competitive triple axel, though — she landed one at the 2017 U.S. International Figure Skating Classic.