Why the triple axel is such a big deal

Triple axels can turn skaters into legends. This is why. Follow Vox's full 2018 Winter Olympics coverage here: Subscribe to our channel! In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explores the triple axel and why it's such a big deal. The figure skating jump is legendary among ice skaters, from Tonya Harding's 1991 triple axel to modern icon Mirai Nagasu's attempts in competition. It turns out that the physics of the triple axel makes it a uniquely difficult jump — and one worth learning about. As a forward-edge jump, the mechanics of a triple axel requires technical acumen from…
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