Let’s marvel at Mirai Nagasu’s historic triple axel, frame by frame

Mirai Nagasu of the United States skates during the Ladies Single Skating Free Skating section of the Team Event on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Mirai Nagasu went for it. She did not pull back. And she made history.

The 24-year-old figure skater became the first American woman to land a triple axel during Olympic competition, and it helped to earn Team USA a bronze medal in the team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She is just the third woman overall at the Olympics to land the jump, which requires three-and-a-half rotations in the air:

“This is definitely history, or herstory, whatever way you want to put it,” said Nagasu, via Team USA.

Below is how the historic triple axel performance looked, as captured by a series of images by Getty photographers stationed at various points throughout Gangneung Ice Arena. Power, grace, speed, daring, and concentration were all on display:

Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
FSKATING-OLY-2018-PYEONGCHANG ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
FSKATING-OLY-2018-PYEONGCHANG MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
FSKATING-OLY-2018-PYEONGCHANG Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
FSKATING-OLY-2018-PYEONGCHANG Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 3 Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images
FSKATING-OLY-2018-PYEONGCHANG Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

And here is how Nagasu reacted, fittingly, to finishing her routine:

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