Figure skater Mirai Nagasu is the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel at the Olympics.
The 24-year-old started skating when she was five. She grew up in Southern California and her parents originally wanted her to pursue golf. Since taking up skating, she’s shattered several records — becoming the 2nd youngest woman U.S. champion at only age 14. She came in sixth at the 2010 winter games, but was left out of the 2014 games. The opportunity alluded skater Adam Rippon the same year.
"I just remember four years ago, Mirai and I were in a dark place. Honestly, we were depressed that we weren't at the [Olympics]," Rippon stated to ESPN, "I told her as we were going through that, 'Mirai, I'm so lucky to have you by my side. We're going to get through this together.'"
Nagasu persisted in her Olympic dreams and moved to Colorado to learn how to land a triple axel.
She is only the third women in Olympic history to successfully nail the feat, which won the U.S. team the bronze medal.
“This is definitely history or herstory, whatever way you want to put it. I wanted to make my teammates proud and wanted to make America proud. I knew in my heart this day would come.” Nagasu stated.