Historic Triple Axel At Olympics

Mirai Nagasu, 24, did not make the 2014 Sochi team.

First US Woman to land a Triple Axel in the history of the Olympics. Two women who accomplished the feat previously, represented Japan.

– Wikipedia

Men
Axel Paulsen (NOR) was the first skater to perform the jump named after him, in 1882. Curiously, he performed this feat wearing speed skates rather than figure skates.
Dick Button (USA) was the first skater credited with a double axel jump in competition. He performed this at the 1948 Winter Olympics, although footage of the jump shows that it may have been underrotated. Button’s coach Gus Lussiwas responsible for developing the modern axel jump technique.
Vern Taylor (CAN) was the first to land a triple axel in competition at the 1978 World Figure Skating Championships. It has since become a standard jump for male competitors, but it is rare for female skaters to successfully land them or attempt them in a competition setting.
Brian Orser (CAN) was the first skater to put two triple axel jumps in the same program, and the first to accomplish this at the World level at the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships; since he also landed one in the short program, he additionally was the first skater to land three triple axel jumps in the same competition.
Women
• In the early years of skating, jumping was the exclusive domain of men. Sonja Henie is generally acknowledged as the first female skater to perform an axel jump. Today, however, her axel technique (preserved in her many films) would be considered very poor, since her jumps were badly pre-rotated without a “step up”, giving them more the character of a jumped spin.
• In 1953, Carol Heiss was the first woman to perform a double axel.
• 35 years later, Midori Ito (JPN) became the first woman to land the triple axel jump in competition, who first performed it at the 1988 NHK Trophy. Since then, seven other women (Tonya Harding(USA), Yukari Nakano (JPN), Ludmila Nelidina(RUS), Mao Asada (JPN), Elizaveta Tuktamysheva(RUS), Rika Kihira (JPN) and Mirai Nagasu (USA)) have succeeded in completing the jump in international competition, while another woman, Kimmie Meissner (USA), first completed the jump at the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Midori Ito (JPN) and Mao Asada (JPN) were the only women who landed triple axel jumps in Olympic games.
Tonya Harding (USA) was the first woman to land two triple axel jumps in the same competition (1991 Skate America).
Mao Asada (JPN) was the first woman to land three triple axel jumps in the same competition (2010 Winter Olympics).
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) is the first woman to land four triple jumps in a short program including a triple axel: 3A, 3Lz, 3T-3T (2015 World Championships)
Rika Kihira (JPN) landed the triple axel jump at the 2016 JGP Ljubljana, making her the 2nd junior ladies competitor in history to land the jump successfully. This feat was first accomplished by fellow Japanese skater Mao Asada.
Mirai Nagasu (USA) landed the triple axel jump at the 2017 Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Russia.
Rika Kihira (JPN) was the first woman to land a triple axel-triple toeloop combination (2017-2018 JGP Final).

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