Figure skating - Triumph after tears as Nagasu makes skating history

Figure skating - Triumph after tears as Nagasu makes skating history

That wasn't the last time that Nagasu will attempt the triple axel in these Olympics, either. "So for both of us to be on the team... is super exciting". "I'm going to be cheering my team on the rest of the way".

Adam Rippon of the United States reacts with teammates as he receives his score following his performance in the men's single skating free skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. "It was my goal and dream to be here and be selected to the Olympic team so I knew going into it the amount of responsibility that I was given".

Also skating for Team USA are Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani in the ice dancing free dance, and Mirai Nagasu in the women's free skate program.

Of course, Nagasu had a huge night Sunday as well, becoming the first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition. Her first name means "future" in Japanese and she reportedly speaks a mixture of Japanese and English at home with her parents. As her career took off, she said it was sometimes hard to keep going on the income from a restaurant. She's been skating since she was five years old.

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"When athletes come out and say that they're gay, it makes it a little more normal and less of a big deal - especially in the athletic community", he told the magazine. Did I mention she's only 24?

Even Kristi Yamaguchi, the former Team USA figure skater and Olympic champion, said she was shedding "tears of joy" over Nagasu's achievement. She added, "That was really special for me".

But I'm very fortunate that I'm American and so I'll be the first US lady to have landed the triple axel. First, she's placed at the Four Continents Skating Championships three times. "I can't wait to see them".