But in landing one of the most challenging jumps in figure skating, she accomplished a feat that made her the first female American figure skater to nail the triple axel at the Olympics. At the end of her routine, Nagasu triumphantly threw her hands in the air and a bright, exuberant smile spread across her face. Nagasu finished with a 137.53 overall score, which was second-best of the ladies free skate and helped Team USA win bronze for the team event in figure skating. Fellow US figure skater Adam Rippon recalled the disappointment that year, in an interview with NBC.
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