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Mirai Nagasu celebrates completing her routine.

Mirai Nagasu makes figure skating history at the Winter Olympics

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Mirai Nagasu has become the first US woman, and only the third woman ever, to land a triple axel in the Winter Olympics.

Carrying her speed and leading elegantly with her left foot, she quickly spun the three-and-a-half rotations required to land the 8.5 base value jump in the middle of her routine.

The 24-year-old was competing in the Ladies free skate portion of the team figure skating competition.

The jump helped her to a score of 137.53, which was good enough for only second in the individual programme, but helped the US team overall to a bronze finish in the event.

Canada were the winners of the team event, with the OAR taking home the silver.

Despite being local rivals, the Canadian team were quick to applaud the young American for her historic feat, which can be seen in the video further down this article.

Despite being rivals on the ice, they can't help but cheer and applaud after seeing Nagasu achieve something truly rare.

Originally seen as a section of figure skating reserved for the men, Nagasu has now completed the feat twice in the last five months.

Her other competitive completion of the jump was at the Rostelecom Cup in October.

As expected, people on Twitter loved the fact that the Canadian team applauded the feat.

Other than being the first American to land it in the Olympics, Nagasu is also only the eighth woman to land the triple-axel in an international competition.

The only two other women to land the triple axel in an Olympics were Midori Ito, and Mao Asada, who are both from Japan.

Whilst Nagasu is born to Japanese parents, she chose to relinquish her Japanese-American dual citizenship once she turned 22.

Mirai will also compete in the ladies singles competition later this week.

The world will be watching her now to see if she can make even more history.

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