Why the triple axel is such a big deal

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  • Published on:  Monday, February 12, 2018
  • Triple axels can turn skaters into legends. This is why.Watch the rest of Skate Week, and our other sports explainers, here: http://bit.ly/2FfxM17Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjONote: 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.youtube.com/watch?v=MdC5G...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.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • War Pig

     1 years ago

    Tonya Harding did it in 1991 and it took 27 years for the second American to do it in a competition. Only 8 women have ever done it..... Tonya is badass.

  • Lalala

     13 days ago

    @Nick Garner one of reasons why a triple axel is such a big deal for women are also body differences. Men usually have more strength to hurl themselves up and spin faster so it's easier for them to execute that jump.

  • Jarrel Brannon

     1 years ago

    So, you’re telling me you hurl yourself in the air off of one foot moving forwards, make 3.5 rotations while absorbing massive gravitational force, and then landing basically on a knife blade in the opposite direction.......yeah I’ll just take up knitting.

  • Court Chan

     25 days ago

    The thing is the blade isnt like a tightrope, bc the blade will be wherever you put your foot.Anyway you're just glad when you land jumps, the only thing you think about is if youre doing your landing right. From one ex-figure skater who landed exactly ONE triple axel in practice lol (in 1974!)

  • househansa

     7 months ago

    I know less about the triple axel after watching this.

  • eizhowa

     1 years ago

    The expression she makes when she realizes she will be able to fully complete the jump without falling is pure gold.

  • Zelda Casablancas

     3 months ago

    ♥️

  • Andro A

     4 months ago

    It's cute and badass at the same time.

  • James Keo

     1 years ago

    hold my beer

  • Javier Ramirez

     4 months ago

    @Tony Flamingo good 1

  • Javier Ramirez

     4 months ago

    Lol breaks a leg!🤣

  • CurveTheRain

     1 years ago

    Is it illegal to show the actual video or something 😒

  • sweet tooth

     12 days ago

    Nope its not

  • Kourtney Nhu

     1 months ago

    CurveTheRain no

  • Dirty Poul

     1 years ago

    0:24 For those that don't care about "first Americans" participation awards, the first woman to land it was Japanese Midori Ito in 1988. The first man to land it was Canadian Vern Taylor in 1978.

  • laneypop 324

     12 days ago

    they mention Midori at 3:50

  • Yuntalenko

     3 months ago

    Thanks for this. While Vox is from the US, I really do feel that (since they have such a large audience) it'd be great to see their content, especially in such a interculturally rich sport's context, be less US-centric.It's also hilarious to watch these people interpret this comment as an attack. A bit depressing too.

  • Jayyy Zeee

     1 years ago

    Tanya Harding is remembered for attacking her competitor, but damn, she nailed that insanely hard jump!

  • Zelda Casablancas

     3 months ago

    It’s kind of sad that her name is more associated with the involvement she had on the attack than the fact that she kind of made history🤷🏻‍♀️

  • MissingNo girl

     1 years ago

    Tonya was amazing.

  • sophie rey

     1 years ago

    yea but she was an ass.

  • eizhowa

     1 years ago

    Imagine if she had this kind of PR in the 90s. Could have changed everything.

  • mycahhh

     1 years ago

    skating videos are so satisfying to watch