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Why the triple axel is such a big deal
   Vox
  Published: 6 months ago

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Triple axels can turn skaters into legends. This is why.

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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

Want to see Tonya' Harding's routine? You can find one version here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdC5G7CDvbI

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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1 week ago
Poor Tonya, fooking court....


2 weeks ago
Who else is trying to do an axel? Evil evil axel


2 weeks ago
If you think about it, Tonya Harding was a great skater not just because she landed a Triple Axel, but what she went through to land it.


2 weeks ago
Lol now she is on world's dumbest. 😂. Still a cool chick though.


2 weeks ago
In my opinion Victor is a batter ice skater than Tanya...


2 weeks ago
Yuri on ice...


3 weeks ago
A triple axel is no longer a big deal if you have to unfairly, and brutally, try to take down your opponent. I'm sorry it is very hard to stomach anything about Tonya at this point. Full of lies and trying to make herself out to be innocent! It is pathetic so much attention is given to her. If she overheard a conversation of people taking down her opponent........and yet, continued on with that knowledge.....my opinion,....incredibly guilty. That triple axel is very hard to even view! A Hollywood movie on how innocent she is, is pathetic!


3 weeks ago
It's way easier than The "Iron Lotus"! Mad props to Jimmy McElroy and Chaz Michael Michaels for sticking it in competition back in '07!


3 weeks ago
Who edited this? It's so good


3 weeks ago
Annoying video.


3 weeks ago
ok but triple axel is pretty normal in male ice skating so, is it a womans thing that its more difficult because of size?


3 weeks ago
Consider the following: Quadruple axle


3 weeks ago
I'm just gonna go with singing it's easier


3 weeks ago
It took 3:15 to show the complete triple axel, before that just babbling details about what wasn’t yet shown, making it hard to get, and that’s the typical YouTube need for attention syndrome


4 weeks ago
Guys I need to know something. In the movie or in real life, why did everyone know(in the competition) that Tonya was going to attempt the Triple Axel? Why did everyone know she was gonna do it?


1 month ago
Kimmie Meissner, also, landed a triple axel in competition. So, that makes 3 American women, not 2, who have landed this jump.


1 month ago
Oh is that machine called zamboni? Never heard of it called that before


1 month ago
Would have liked to hear from Tonya and Midori Ito.


1 month ago
You didn't land this edit.


1 month ago
I need the soundtrack used in this video, please.


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