Nagasu lands first triple axel at Olympics as Americans claim bronze medal

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It's not often that the triple axel is even attempted in global competition, let alone the Olympics, but Mirai Nagasu proved that hard work and determination pays off.

"It was bad", Nagasu told USA Today about missing the roster.

Her impressive performance helped Team U.S.A. win a bronze medal in the team competition. "It think that would be a much bigger distraction for me and right now, I'm just focusing on competing but I'm very excited to be here representing the U.S. and the LGBT community". Nagasu is the third woman overall to land a triple axel during the Olympics behind Midori Ito in 1992 and Mao Asada in 2010, both of whom competed for Japan. But this year, I am all about Mirai Nagasu, just the third woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition. "But at the same time, it's really cool for me because I am one of the few who has the ability to land it". It doesn't happen immediately.

Mirai Nagasu is our new hero, and no she isn't related to the Kardashians, in Taylor Swift's squad or dating Justin Bieber. "I would have dreams that I could do this jump, then I would try it on ice and I would fall".

What's even more awesome is that Nagasu, who is from Montebello, California, is the third America woman to have successfully landed on her feet after spinning through air at a competitive event. I don't know if you could tell. It's a lesson in focus and betting on the longevity of your career, even when the current situation looks hopeless.

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Although she finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Nagasu wasn't part of the USA figure skating team that headed to Sochi in 2014: She came in third at the national championships, but in a committee decision, the spot on the team was given to the fourth-place victor, Ashley Wagner. In an article on Team U.S.A.'s website, she said the rare feat would help to reclaim her spot on the Olympic team.

In lieu of visiting the White House, Rippon said he would like to do "something positive and not just stay at home", like plan his own pro-LGBTQ event.

Canada won the gold medal, with the Russians taking the silver.

"Before Maia skated I gave her a hug and said, "We are all going to be out there with you", Nagasu said.

Nagasu apparently began working on the trick four years ago after missing the Sochi Olympics, picking it up at an older age for most figure skaters. I want to go over to the judges and say, 'Can I just have a Xanax and a quick drink?