Nagasu's reaction to landing the triple axel at the end of her program makes it clear what a huge achievement it was. "This is definitely history, or herstory, whatever way you want to put it," she said afterward. She finished second in the ladies' free skate during the team competition, helping the US win a bronze medal.
Nagasu attempted the triple axel at the start of her program during Tuesday's broadcast but stumbled. Afterward, she told an NBC reporter she would have been more frustrated with herself if she didn't try the difficult jump. "It’s just skating, and I’ll survive, but at the same time, it’s hard because I’ve worked so long for this moment," she said. "It’s not the way I wanted it to go, but at the same time I’m telling everybody, you can fall and still get up and keep going."
She'll compete in the final portion of the women's individual Olympic program Thursday night. It's possible you'll see her land another triple axel during the broadcast.