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Mirai Nagasu Makes USA Olympics History With Sensational Jump

The Olympics are always a time of national pride. People from every country come together in order to support their athletes as they attempt to find themselves on the podium.

Personally, my favorite events every Olympics are the figure skating programs. Whether it's singles, doubles, ice dancing, or the team event, you're guaranteed to be entertained by the emotional performances each skater delivers.

In 2010, the skating world was touched by the story of Joannie Rochette, a Canadian skater whose mother passed away just days before the final round of competition.

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Rochette won bronze in her program, and in that moment everyone was cheering for Canada.

At the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, skating is already underway, with the Team Figuring Skating competition already complete. Canada won gold, the Olympic Athletes of Russia won silver, and the United States won bronze. Each team had their incredible moments to shine, but the moment that broke history came at the hands (or feet, rather) of Mirai Nagasu, the American figure skater.

The 24-year-old skater competed as USA's ladies free skate competitor and had teased that she had been "working on something" for the upcoming games.

That "something" left her in the history books.

Nagasu skated her way to a 137.53 overall score, which was second-best of the ladies free skate, thanks largely in part to her spectacular triple axel.

The triple axel is a complex skating jump, which requires the skater to rotate three and a half times in the air before landing. It's considered one of the most challenging jumps in figure skating, as it is the only jump which the skater has to take off while facing forward, and has only been landed by two other women in history. No female American skater has landed the jump at the Olympics...until now.

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Nagasu had landed the jump during a competition in September of 2017, which put her in the company of Tonya Harding and Kimmie Meissner as the only American women to ever land the jump in any competition. The young skater had previously competed in the 2010 Olympics, finishing fourth, and was not selected to compete in the 2014 Olympics which was considered a controversial opinion.

It seems that Nagasu came back to the 2018 games with something to prove, and she absolutely did.

After her skate, Nagasu threw her hands in the air and rejoiced in her history-making jump.

"This is definitely history, or herstory, whatever way you want to put it," Nagasu said through a statement released by Team USA.

The jump is gaining international attention, and for good reason! It's something that will be remembered forever, and it helped the United States win a bronze medal. What more can you ask for?