Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Makes Triple Axel at the Olympics

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Afterward, she told journalists: "Midori Ito, Mao Asada and now Mirai Nagasu, all Japanese heritage".

"It was terrible", Nagasu told USA Today about missing the roster. She finished with a 137.53 overall score, which lifted the USA team to Olympic bronze.

It was Rippon who led off the final day of the team event, when the Americans were still in a nip-and-tuck struggle with Italy for the podium.

"It's just one jump in the program", Nagasu said of the triple axel in an interview with the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes before the Olympics.

"I don't know if you could tell, it was more something I could feel, but to nail it the way I did, even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my teammates standing out of excitement", said Mirai afterwards, according to ESPN. It doesn't happen immediately. Many in the crowd or watching elsewhere wondered if Nagasu would be so thrilled by hitting it that she would lose concentration in the rest of the program. "I would have dreams that I could do this jump, then I would try it on ice and I would fall". Nagasu became a household name when she landed the jump, which has only been done twice before at the Olympics. It's a lesson in focus and betting on the longevity of your career, even when the current situation looks hopeless. In an article on Team U.S.A.'s website, she said the rare feat would help to reclaim her spot on the Olympic team.

Nagasu competed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver but wasn't selected for the 2014 Sochi Games. Once he realized that he did, he focused on competing for the Olympics on his own terms, coming out as gay in 2015 and focusing on his comeback.

Canada finished on 73 points, with OAR on 66 and the United States a further four points behind.

"We made a few changes with my coach and I was able to put together a strong performance", Rippon said, "but there's definitely a few points I want to squeeze out of this performance".

Men's singles skater Adam Rippon, who won over many with not only his third-place performance in the men's free skate but also his interview during NBC's broadcast Sunday night, had yet to tweet following his performance. I say it every five minutes.

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