What Is That Mark on US Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu's Thigh?

Why Adam Rippon scored worse than skaters who fell at the Winter Olympics

Mirai Nagasu made her triple axel look elegant and effortless.

Mirai Nagasu totally blew us away at the 2018 Winter Olympics!

At the end of her routine, Nagasu triumphantly threw her hands in the air and a bright, exuberant smile spread across her face.

Midori Ito and Mao Asada, both from Japan, are the only other women to land the jump at the Olympics, according to Yahoo News.

The axel is considered so hard because it is the only jump in which the skater takes to the air while facing forward.

The triple axel, one of the most hard jumps to pull off in figure skating, requires three-and-a-half rotations in the air and is an incredible rarity to see done flawlessly.

The 24-year-old Nagasu wasn't just the first American to land a triple axel at the Olympics, she was also only the second American woman to land the jump in an worldwide competition. Tonya Harding landed the jump in 1991, as did Kimmie Meissner in 2005.

This is Nagasu's second Olympics.

The 24-year-old veteran is on something of a redemption tour at these Games after being controversially left off the 2014 Sochi team - despite finishing just off the podium in Vancouver in 2010.

She sought to return to the Olympic games in Sochi in 2014, but wasn't selected to the USA team in what was a controversial decision. She's also a seven-time U.S. National medalist.

The most notable nugget of Rippon's camera time came when he detailed how he spent the last Olympic games eating In-N-Out with US women's figure skater Mirai Nagasu.

This won't be the last you'll hear of Rippon during the games.

But both figure skaters were very determined. "I honestly don't think that I would have worked as hard on the triple Axel if I didn't have that time to really contemplate".

Rippon, 28, who has found himself in the glare of the spotlight since mid-January when Vice President Pence took surprising exception to Rippon's critical comments in a Jan. 17 USA TODAY story, turned in an Olympic debut that he'll remember for a lifetime.

"Tonight, the Olympics are truly magical..."

We were all reminded why we should never give up.

After the men's free skate, the U.S.is in third place with two more events to take place later on Sunday.



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