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.

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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:

    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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  • siukong

     (Mar 11, 2018)

    Some of the most annoying editing I've ever seen.

  • Hailey Q

     (Feb 2, 2019)

    hah :D I didnt even notice, people really ALWAYS find something to pick on :D probably its in our nature

  • Bodhi Geraci

     (Jan 29, 2019)

    I liked it

  • ramona lynn

     (Feb 18, 2018)

    This video is trying SO HARD TO HAVE *AESTHETIC* and I'm just left confused 😂

  • Aly Jiselle

     (Nov 9, 2018)

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • Kiry Sama

     (Oct 9, 2018)

    Meh it’s ok for me

  • Jarrel Brannon

     (Feb 17, 2018)

    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.

  • Cherryeyes

     (Dec 24, 2018)

    +Elijah Zola delusional

  • alphavideochannel

     (Feb 15, 2018)

    I can do a triple klutz :)

  • rosxwood

     (Oct 24, 2018)

    Triplr trips

  • Rob Adams

     (Aug 13, 2018)

    Lol! Great pun!!

  • War Pig

     (Feb 13, 2018)

    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.

  • lsr asr

     (6 days ago)

    +Ela only 9 women have landed a triple axel as of feb 12 19 in international competition. Midori did the 1st in 1988. It is still a big deal in ladies figure skating. Rika is one of the 9. Alysa Liu just became the 9th lady to do it at 13 years old.

  • SuperToastyToast

     (Feb 27, 2018)

    I'm disliking this video not because of the content but the horrible editing. It took 4 minutes for us to see the triple axle with no interruption or edgy video editing.

  • Faith Anderson

     (Jan 19, 2019)

    it's because the dynamics of it take so much time

  • Mike Someone

     (Jul 15, 2018)

    SuperToastyToast I KNOW RIGHT

  • lordofentropy

     (Feb 26, 2018)

    Showing the actual move in its entirety from start to finish at least once would've been nice instead of only a bit here and there.

  • Dnazz

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    i want my 5 minutes back

  • kyle stoddart

     (Jun 14, 2018)

    no kidding

  • househansa

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    I know less about the triple axel after watching this.

  • Forrest Taylor

     (May 10, 2018)

    Why was this video edited like someone with epilepsy wanted to hurt themselves

  • bubblegumboobs

     (Feb 2, 2019)

    Omg loll!

  • harrymason666

     (Feb 19, 2018)

    This video is so frustrating to watch.