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Who is the first woman to land a triple axel?

Last Updated: 15th April, 2020

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Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics when she landed the jump in the team competition in Pyeongchang. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Mirai Nagasu's first performance at the Pyeongchang Olympics was a historic one.

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Similarly, it is asked, who was the first woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics?

The first female skater to complete a triple axel was Japanese skater Midori Ito, at the 1989 World Championships. Only three women have completed the triple axel during the Olympics: Ito in 1992, Japanese skater Mao Asada in 2010 and 2014, and American skater Mirai Nagasu in 2018.

Furthermore, how difficult is a triple axel? There have only been eight women to complete the triple axel in an international competition since Midori Ito of Japan became the first in 1988. This jump is surprisingly rare and exceedingly difficult. It was one of the reasons Team USA claimed the bronze medal in Monday's team figure skating event.

Accordingly, who was the first person to land a triple axel?

The first skater to do a triple Axel in competition was Vern Taylor. The first woman to do it was Midori Ito.

Did Nancy Kerrigan ever do a triple axel?

In 1991, she earned distinction as being the first American woman to successfully land a triple Axel in competition, and the second woman to do so in history (behind Midori Ito). Both women then competed in the February 1994 Winter Olympics, where Kerrigan won the silver medal and Harding finished eighth.

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