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Mon Feb 12, 2018, 05:27 AM

"Figure skater Mirai Nagasu perfectly lands a triple axel at the Winter Olympics"

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Reply "Figure skater Mirai Nagasu perfectly lands a triple axel at the Winter Olympics" (Original post)
rainlillie Feb 2018 OP
Oldtimeralso Feb 2018 #1
BumRushDaShow Feb 2018 #2
IronLionZion Feb 2018 #3
kag Feb 2018 #4
mobeau69 Feb 2018 #5
LittleGirl Feb 2018 #7
Nitram Feb 2018 #6
spike jones Feb 2018 #8
zipplewrath Feb 2018 #9
Liberty Belle Feb 2018 #12
PatrickforO Feb 2018 #10
OxQQme Feb 2018 #11
Liberty Belle Feb 2018 #13

Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:06 AM

1. OTG

Great skills!!!

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 06:52 AM

2. Congrats to her!!!

She is in rare company and she did it beautifully!

But of course in Tuppence and Drumpf world - she doesn't count because she ain't 'Merican (white) enough.

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:03 AM

3. She was born in California in case anyone thought she was from somewhere else

Trump can't deport her



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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:36 AM

4. Thank you for posting this!

I saw the headline on CNN, and went looking for video. All I could find were stills.

Wow! Just. Wow!

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 08:59 AM

5. Another video w/slo mo.




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Response to mobeau69 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:23 AM

7. I watched that last night

and I wished those commentators would STFU!

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:21 AM

6. Wow!

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:24 AM

8. I am not an ice skater, but

it doesn't look that hard to do.

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:41 AM

9. That's really hard

In case anyone is wondering, that's actually really hard.

See, ya have to leap in the air, using only one leg, high enough to give you time to spin three times. Oh, by they way, you're spinning so fast it's hard to keep your legs together, which is why you see her feet crossed while doing it. You'll also see her left elbow sticking out. It's hard to keep them together while you do this.

Then of course there's that whole "landing" thing...

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:46 PM

12. Actually it's three and a half rotations.

A single axel is one and a half rotations, the hardest of all the jumps. Each additional rotation adds 1. So a double axel is 2.5 rotations, a triple is 3.5.

It's also the only jump you skate into going forward instead of backward.

Tara Lipinski once told me it took her a full year to land her first axel, at age 9 or so.

I know this well; my daughter landed her first one at age 8, the first day she tried it, taught by a teen male skater friend on a lark who just believed she could do it and she did. Her coach was so stunned later that she had everyone get off the ice to watch.

Yeah, it's a difficult jump, and most take a very long time to even get the first single axel. Only 3 women have ever landed one in the Olympics, both Japanese before now. Only 2 Americans ever landed one in any competition, and one of those was Tanya Harding of knee-cap whacking fame, who became infamous instead of just landing one at the Olympics and become famous in a more positive light.

Our daughter alas gave up skating a few years later, after making it to junior nationals once at least. But I still love watching the sport, and am awe of how far the skaters have advanced technically in recent years. The men all need quads now to excel, and it's telling that even with landing a triple axel, this talented skater still didn't take first -- that honor went to a very artistic Russian woman who loaded up all her jumps in the end of the program for extra points. Amazing.

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Response to rainlillie (Original post)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 03:56 PM

10. That was INTENSE. Hope she got a 10!

Wow.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 09:02 PM

11. Turn it up to 11!

Wow is right.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:47 PM

13. The new skating scoring system isn't 1 to 10 anymore.

It's confusing but has more nuance for rewarding complex program elements, and they now have a technical review panel to make sure jumps are clean or you lose some points.

But wow, what an accomplishment!

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