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She did it once perfectly, but she could not do it twice.
Eight days after U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu made history as the first American woman to land the notoriously tricky triple axel jump in Olympic competition, she returned to the ice to try it again — but then slipped on the landing and fell hands- and knees-first to the ice.
Women - Program - Winter - Games - South
Skating in the women’s short program at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, Nagasu’s routine nonetheless earned her a total score of 66.93, a season’s best.
That put her in second place — just ahead of fellow Team USA skater Bradie Tennell, who also fell during the short program — as the women’s competition continues through Wednesday afternoon (Tuesday night into Wednesday morning stateside).
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She will have her final Olympic competition this year in the women’s free skate, on Friday.
None of her competitors here have even attempted the triple axel, and her ability to land it even once at the Olympics puts her in select company around the world.
US - Figure - Skaters - Axel - Competition
What’s more, only two other U.S. female figure skaters have pulled off a triple axel in competition: First was Tonya Harding, during the national championship in 1991, followed by Kimmie Meissner in 2005.
Nagasu, 24, landed her triple axel at the Games on Feb. 12 as part of her free skate in the figure skating team event, where she came in second and helped lift Team USA to a bronze medal.
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