On February 11, 2018, Mirai Nagasu turned out to be the only American woman to perform a triple axel during the Olympics, and also the first American woman to do it excellently in a contest.
The axel jump is viewed as the most challenging skill in single figure skating. It is hard to perform it even for a skilled skater.
That’s why when Nagasu pulled it off perfectly during the 2018 Olympic Games, she left a mark to the world.
All of her fans shout in applause and she became famous in the Olympics. There is so many news about her because of the astonishing accomplishment of hers.
But why it is such a big achievement? As Vox explains, an understanding of physics is important to perform skater turns.
Skaters need to create sufficient vertical and rotational speed with their bodies on the ice during their jump, or else they won’t turn quickly for completing three turns.
The triple axel height and length is shorter than the double axel since skaters need to conserve their breath for executing quicker revolutions.
Skaters may need to make their upper body stronger to keep their arms tight, preventing their rotation to stop and maintaining their speed
We are amazed by what Nagasu’s has accomplished. But realizing what it took for her to acquire the skill makes it more amazing. Congrats, Nagasu, on your great achievement!