Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu constructed history Monday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as she landed a triple axel during her performance — a feat never performed by an American girl at the Winter Games.
Nagasu, a 24 -year-old from Montebello, California, skated first of five women in the women’s free skate during the team rivalry in the Gangneung Ice Arena.
Nagasu completed a largely flawless routine, which she ended with fist pumps of pleasure as she got a standing ovation from the crowd. The Team USA skater received a personal-best score of 137.53.
Midori Ito and Mao Asada, both of Japan, also have landed triple axels during the Olympics.
Excited fans and fellow skaters took to social media to cheer on the historic moment for both Nagasu and the U.S.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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