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Triple axels can turn skaters into legends. This is why.
Want to see Tonya' Harding's routine? You can find one version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdC5G7CDvbI

Note: The video states Mirai Nagasu was the second American to land a triple axel in competition (this was recorded before her Olympic success). In 2005, American Kimmy Miessner completed a triple axel in national competition, though not world competition. You can read about it here: http://www.espn.com/olympics/news/story?id=1967992

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In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the triple axel and why it's such a big deal. The figure skating jump is legendary among ice skaters, from Tonya Harding's 1991 triple axel to modern icon Mirai Nagasu's attempts in competition. It turns out that the physics of the triple axel makes it a uniquely difficult jump — and one worth learning about.

As a forward-edge jump, the mechanics of a triple axel requires technical acumen from skaters while they still try to maintain an artistically interesting performance. Pioneers like Midori Ito and Tonya Harding had to jump, ramp up rotation speed, and then land all while trying to look good. This effort set them apart from competitors like Nancy Kerrigan, but it wasn't easy to land a triple axel in competition.

And that difficulty might be why the triple axel endures as the pinnacle of figure skating performance — and why it's sure to light up the 2018 Winter Olympics as well.

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She can do a triple but forgets to bring me my vodka

1 hour ago

Didnt they make a movie of this Tonya being straight up ganster who was killing people?

1 hour ago

Love seeing Tonya Harding land that triple. Amazing. Must be such a good feeling. I meanwhile try to skate forwards, at a slow pace, without killing myself!

6 hours ago

the triple lindy is a much bigger deal

8 hours ago

What is the background music from 0:31 - 0:32 anyoneee ????

15 hours ago

Lol the first guy did it in 1882 but, cool ?

17 hours ago

So, all of that crap and you dont even show a triple axel being done? smh

1 day ago

guys do quads

1 day ago

You took 5 minutes to tell me that?

1 day ago

Changed my life... Hahaha

1 day ago

“If you ask her to define triple axle in one word... she has to think about it.”

I can’t think of a word that I could define in one word without thinking about it.

1 day ago

So to put it simply. It’s hard to do...

1 day ago

I can do a triple tumble down the stairs.

1 day ago

very poorly done subject. what a shame.

1 day ago

Press destroy married massive pregnancy Democrat neither chance fence joint attitude.

2 days ago

Triple axel in one word: NOPE!

2 days ago

1:20 you're welcomed.

2 days ago

Is it illegal to show the actual video or something 😒

2 days ago

big ups to the mention of Street Fighter II

2 days ago

Me: watches this video
Me: instantly spends 3 hours listening to Sufjan Stevens

2 days ago

I love how they perform, totally awesome!!!

2 days ago

Add more Legos and Korite something new that you have never made out of Legos

2 days ago

This is an ice video not a Barbie video :) :( 🤔

2 days ago

Well, I just liked her for exactly 5 min and 10 seconds, and that’s all I’m giving her.

2 days ago

Chazz Michael Michaels is figure skating.Boom!!!

2 days ago

Wow

2 days ago

Interesting, too many cuts made it hard to watch.

2 days ago

Great video! Keep it up!

3 days ago

I know she got moves, but...




Dat ass...

3 days ago

She also sent her boyfriend to break someone's knee. She was first in that too.

3 days ago

This was frustrating to watch

3 days ago

Then why did she club Nancy Kerrigan?

3 days ago

Guys I can do a triple roll
IM SO PROOOOODDD OF MY SELF 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

3 days ago

I hope you guys know that the barbie and next scene were just a filler.

3 days ago

wow it was 1991, maybe I remeber the news of the two ladies fight more than the show. I was only 5 at the time, but I do remember

3 days ago

FASCINATING!!

3 days ago

watch this made me so dizzy simply because the shots changed every .4 seconds

3 days ago

The video is unnecessarily long.

3 days ago

Where is the SavedYouAClick guy from Reddit to quickly tell me why and not have to watch all this useless fluff

3 days ago

I wish you would show the full jump

4 days ago

why did i watch this???

4 days ago

This video is so frustrating to watch.

4 days ago

You never just show the move in normal speed. This video is so all over the place and could’ve been way shorter.

4 days ago

Still confused what it is and why its a big deal lol to me they just spin in the air and look beautiful 😂😍😌

4 days ago

Is triple supposed to be hard(er) for women than for men? Because men, more or less routinely, do quadruple axels. Is it just mass/jump height thing or is there more?

4 days ago

Her name "Mirai" means "future" in Japanese. How appropriate! She is the future of US figure skating.

4 days ago

skating videos are so satisfying to watch

4 days ago

One of the worst video edits I have ever seen. Soooooo annoying...

4 days ago

Triple cork is harder

4 days ago

Too much editing and i dont like your face

4 days ago