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Massive Triple Axel & Men's Singles Luge Medal For Team USA — History Made

12 February 2018

Team USA's Mirai Nagasu debuted at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the women's team free skate event, the penultimate event in the team competition before team medals are awarded.

Nagasu joins Midori Ito and Mao Asada, both from Japan, as the only women ever to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

Few things can top Nagasu's triple axel, but we loved how hyped she was in her celebration. Her successful attempt gave her the confidence to finish strong.

Team Canada's Gabrielle Daleman had a nice cushion going into her skate thanks to her team, and she was rewarded with a 137.14, good for 2nd place.

Sitting in third place after five of eight programs, the USA announced Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani will compete in the remaining free skates.

Nagasu put the jump at the start of her program when he legs were still fresh, a decision that paid off in not just boosting her morale for the rest of the performance, but also in maximizing her final score. Based on this performance, she could be in the mix to medal in the individual competition later in the Games. Men's figure skating continues on Thursday, February 15 with the men's short program.

Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, won the event with a technically sound free skate. She took first ahead of Nagasu by almost 21 points. "I still have another week of competition to go, but to have that moment, my family is here, I have friends watching at home".

Massive Triple Axel & Men's Singles Luge Medal For Team USA — History Made