Prior to 2018, only two female Olympic figure skaters had landed a triple axel during the Olympics, and neither of them were American.

As NBC News reports, a triple axel is a forward facing jump where the skater “rotates three-and-a-half times in the air” before “landing on the back outside edge on the opposite foot from which they took off.”

It’s worth 8.5 points in competition; a double axel, by comparison, is worth 3.3 points.

Now, 24-year-old American figure skater Mirai Nagasu will go down in history as the third Olympian to land the triple axel during an Olympic competition.

On Monday afternoon in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during the free skate portion of the team competition, Nagasu glided onto the ice and put everything she had in front of the world.

The triple axel was the first element in Nagasu’s routine. The entire arena, Team USA, and announcer and former Olympian Tara Lipinski went wild when Nagasu flawlessly landing the triple axel.

Nagasu also went nuts at the end of her routine, knowing that all the ups and downs she’d endured to get to the 2018 Winter Olympics had been worth it.

Nagasu told NBC News of the jump back in September:

“When I started to land it, it was very satisfying. I could always visualize myself doing the jump; it was just getting my muscles to react as fast as they needed to. Now, in practice, it’s a very consistent jump for me.”

Nagasu was also the third American to ever land the triple axel in any non-Olympic competition behind Kimmie Meissner and Tonya Harding.

According to NBC News, after taking fourth at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Nagasu was left off of the Olympic team in 2014. Getting back on the team again in 2018 had been her goal the last four years.

She told NBC News following her performance that the experience was “unforgettable.”

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