Why the triple axel is such a big deal

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  • Published on:  2/12/2018
  • 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/sto...

    Want to see Tonya' Harding's routine? You can find one version here:
    https://www.102tube.com/video/MdC5G/video.html

    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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  • CrrdHrz
    CrrdHrz 11 hours ago

    Wait. Let me get this straight...
    @ 4:27
    You are telling me Bruce Wayne & Batman are the same person??? 🤯😱

  • sonichuizcool
    sonichuizcool 14 days ago

    because only the best of the best of the best (with honors) can do it. Some can technically do it, but do it with grace and smoothness takes immense talent.

  • John citizen
    John citizen 15 days ago

    saw her 2 days ago, 9-7-2018, still looks great....

  • Madie ferr
    Madie ferr 16 days ago

    Physics to poetry

  • Not Emma
    Not Emma 17 days ago

    why did they keep cutting off the full clip of tonya harding landing the triple axel?
    annoying editing

  • amethyst_scent
    amethyst_scent 17 days ago

    Tf is this editing

  • Genna Lotza
    Genna Lotza 19 days ago

    ⛸🏅🎖🎖🎖🏅🎖🏆

  • Inday Baluday
    Inday Baluday 22 days ago

    Man there's too much unnecessary in this video.. i'm confused.

  • ᎶᎾLDᎽ
    ᎶᎾLDᎽ 24 days ago+1

    BRUH I LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS :OOOO

  • Richard Hawkins
    Richard Hawkins 25 days ago

    Bruce Wayne is Batman?! I need to sit down!

  • Lubid
    Lubid 28 days ago

    IM GOING TO DO THAT SOMEDAY
    *meanwhile*
    I AM NOT LETTING GO OF THIS BARRIER!! GET ME OFF THE ICEE!!!!

  • Matthew S Halim
    Matthew S Halim 29 days ago

    I. Tonya

  • JiTiAr35
    JiTiAr35 29 days ago

    The iron lotus is more difficult.

  • Fernando Ramoa
    Fernando Ramoa a months ago

    tonya was the baddest. l was blown away by her story and her unparallelled raw skills

  • Steven Sitzman
    Steven Sitzman 1 months ago+1

    Just show the dang move.

  • h2olover 9118
    h2olover 9118 1 months ago

    What is the music used in this video? in the background

  • Al Fa
    Al Fa 1 months ago

    The editing is giving me a headache

  • P Dawg
    P Dawg 1 months ago

    Whoever edited this video is retarded

  • sally smith
    sally smith 1 months ago

    Wow. Interesting. I always thought it was so difficult cause of the third spin...that it was near impossible to get three in the short amount of time you're in the air....hmmmm....shows you how much I DON'T KNOW.

  • Liam H
    Liam H 1 months ago+1

    You're Welcome.
    /watch?v=x-pXToYyeZQ