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Rippon embraces role at Olympics

Rippon embraces role at Olympics”

Tonya Harding was famously the first American woman to successfully land a triple axel, doing so at the 1991 United States championships but, until Sunday, only Japanese skaters Asada (rebounded and landed the jump in her free skate in Sochi) and Midori Ito had done so in Olympic competition.

The 24-year-old was so fired up, just as she should have been. Speaking to ABC News about the event earlier this year she said, "It was like, 'BAM.' I was like, 'Yes.'" "I just did it". She pulled it off in her free skate as part of the team competition, which helped land the US team a bronze medal. We're all happy to see a member of the Avs family achieve success in her first sport - in this case, figure skating.

She is the third woman overall to complete a triple axel in the Olympics, with the other two-Japanese skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada-having achieved the same in 1992 and 2010, respectively. While it's much more common for male skaters to perform triple axels, that extra half rotation is also the reason no one has ever landed a quadruple axel in competition.

The skate was part of the figure skating team event. "Honestly, we were depressed that we weren't at the [Olympics]", teammate Adam Rippon recalled, according to ESPN.

Getting a job that allows her more time on the ice made flawless sense, of course, and now the former ice girl is an Olympics medalist.

Nagasu homed in on the triple axel.

So far, 2018 has turned out to be a completely different story for both Rippon and Nagasu who are roommates at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Nagasu was born to Japanese immigrant parents who run a sushi restaurant in California, where she grew up. "I could tell from the first lesson when I worked with her that she was special", he added.

After Rippon completed, he spoke to reporters, he said that he was proud of his debut in Olympic, for both - himself and for what he contributed to America's chances in the podium spot in the team event. She finished with a 137.53 overall score, which lifted the US team to Olympic bronze. "I could always visualize myself doing the jump, it was just getting my muscles to react as they needed to".

The Canadians held the lead with 63 points through the men's and women's free skates, and would not be caught.



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