Figure skater Mirai Nagasu has landed a History-Making Triple Axel at the Winter Olympics.
The star of the event shared the strategic reason for wanting to nail the move to People last fall.
At the time she told the publication, “It’s all about the points in figure skating, and how you can outrank your opponents. And the triple is almost twice the points as a double.”
“It’s kind of like a board game, and that’s my king,” Nagasu said. “So I want to use it as many times as I can.”
Nagasu’s teammates went crazy when she landed the history-creating jump along with her fellow skater Adam Rippon — who managed to nail his free skate before her less than an hour — she started crying after she landed the epic move, Rippon later kissed on Nagasu’s cheek in celebration.
Nagasu told NBC that she was “super happy to feel my teammate’s support.”
She said, “It was really cool and I love that they are trying to help me.” She continued, “At the end, I heard [Team USA pairs skater] Alexa [Scimeca Knierim] say ‘You did it, girl.’ That’s why we’re here, to be part of Team USA and support each other.”
He said, “I love my girl and so proud of her tonight.” He went on to say, “I’ve been waiting for this my whole life, then to see my friend go out there and skate like that is even better.”
Fans and skating legends also congratulate the Nagasu and celebrated her accomplishment on social media.
Nagasu’s fellow Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi tweeted, “Wow @mirai_nagasu !!! Congratulations…tears of joy for you again! #1stAmerican3axel #hero.”
Meryl Davis who is an ice dancer, announced that it “was a sloppy cry kind of skate! I’m standing in my living room! mirai_) @mirai_nagasu What a TRIUMPH.”
The 2018 Winter Olympics are telecasting live on NBC.