Nagasu was competing at the games in Pyeongchang when she landed the elusive move. "So to become the first American to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games is historical, and no one can take that away from me". The move is one of the most hard moves in figure skating, and Tonya Harding was the first American woman to land it at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991.
The triple axel is regarded as such a tough move because the skater has to launch into the air while facing forward and then complete three-and-a-half rotations before landing again.
Mirai Nagasu on Sunday became the first woman in Team USA history to land a triple axel at the Olympics. With a new, even more sequined costume, 28-year-old Rippon got on the ice for his Olympic debut and told himself, "Baby, you better keep it together".
Likewise, Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi and ice dancer Meryl Davis confessed they were crying with happiness.
He eclipsed his own giddy celebration an hour later cheering on Nagasu, who, like Rippon, did not make the 2014 Olympic team.
Numerous stars who emerged over the weekend are only just beginning their Olympic pursuits, with individual competition or finals for their events ahead. Her near-flawless routine garnered an overall score of 137.53 - the second-best of the women's free skate, which helped propel her team to third place. "I want people to get to know me, but today it is about this about this awesome group of people". "I told her as we were going through that, I said, 'Mirai, I'm so lucky to have you by my side". Her performance is even more special when you consider the fact that she was left off the US team in Sochi after finishing fourth at the 2010 Olympics.
The men's free skate kicked off Sunday night's events. She finished third at the U.S. She place fifth and later fourth at the Southwest Pacific Regional Championships. As the first openly gay USA figure skater at the Winter Games, Rippon is now a pioneer both on and off the ice.
Another sign of how Nagasu has grown is what she did after nailing the triple axel that only Japan's Midori Ito and Mao Asada, noted jumpers, had managed.