Today I Discovered Mirai Nagasu, History Making Badass Figure Skater

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I can't lie here - most of the time, I watch the figure skating to see the spectacular tumbles and live the awkwardness of defeat. It's the best schadenfreude. But this year, I am all about Mirai Nagasu, just the third woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition.

Check out this amazing feat of human strength, athleticism and skill.

The triple axel is a remarkable jump that looks like it wants to completely destroy physics. Vox has a great examination of the jump over at their site that highlights the complexities of actually completing it.

Many have tried, many have failed.

Yet on Monday, 24 year old Mirai Nagasu completed it during the team event because she won't let physics and velocity hold her down.

Nagasu, who was born to Japanese parents, follows in the footsteps of Midori Ito and Mao Asada - the only two other women to land the triple Axel at the Olympics.

The triple axel doesn't quite look as graceful in still photos - so let's leave them out of this - but it's an incredible feat of athleticism that terrifies me and, honestly, just makes my achilles weep.

Recently, the story of Tonya Harding has come back into the limelight as a result of the biographical drama I, Tonya. Harding was the first woman to ever land a triple axel, but she did so at the US Figure Skating Championships in 1991, as opposed to a Winter Olympics.

That doesn't take away from the achievement at all - but Nagasu becomes just the third woman to ever land it at an Olympics event.

Congratulations Mirai, you badass.

Today I Discovered is a daily dose of facts for Lifehacker readers - the weird, wonderful and sometimes worrying. This week we're pulling out some of the Olympics most bizarre stories. Let us know if you discovered anything that blew your mind in the comments!


    Schadenfreude. Schadenfraude is what politicians and CEOs get up to.

      I knew I should have checked this.

    While you're doing Winter Olympics TID's, can I suggest you look at Australia's own Dale Begg-Smith.

    Regardless of whether people saw him as The Worst Person Ever, or an early online victim of Fake News, his story is something different.

      I... will do that. I do not know his story!

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