American Skater Mirai Nagasu Falls During Her Second Try at the Triple Axel at Winter Olympics
By Zach Seemayer
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U.S. figure skater Mirai Nagasu took a hard fall during the women’s short program at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after she failed to repeat her impressive triple axel jump.
Nagasu made history last week when she became the first American woman -- and third overall -- to land a triple axel in the Olympics, and helping the U.S. team secure the bronze medal in the team event.
However, when she returned to the ice to try it again on Tuesday, the 24-year-old superstar wasn't able to nail her landing.
Nagasu pulled the jump off flawlessly but slipped on the ice and landed on her hands and knees.
The figure skater -- who hails from Montebello, California -- managed to deliver a perfect performance apart from her fall and ended up with a total score of 66.93, a season-best for Nagasu.
However, at the end of competition Tuesday evening, she finished up in ninth place, ahead of fellow U.S. figure skaters Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell in 10th and 11th place respectively. Tennell also suffered her first fall of the season during the event, while attempting a triple toe loop.
Despite her unfortunate tumble, Nagasu received an outpouring of love and support from fans on Twitter.
@mirai_nagasu We ❤❤ you and are so very proud of you!! Keep you chin up and can't wait to see your gorgeous long program!!
Nagasu also received a bit of adorable support from U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, even before her fall. The 28-year-old bronze medalist made sure Nagasu's outfit looked perfect before she hit the ice, and the endearing moment was caught on camera.