Why the triple axel is such a big deal

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  • Published on Feb 12, 2018
  • Triple axels can turn skaters into legends. This is why.
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    Note: The video states Mirai Nagasu was the second American to land a triple axel in competition (this was recorded before her Olympic success). In 2005, American Kimmy Miessner completed a triple axel in national competition, though not world competition. You can read about it here: www.espn.com/olympics/news/story?id=1967992
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    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 skaters while they still try to maintain an artistically interesting performance. Pioneers like Midori Ito and Tonya Harding had to jump, ramp up rotation speed, and then land all while trying to look good. This effort set them apart from competitors like Nancy Kerrigan, but it wasn't easy to land a triple axel in competition.
    And that difficulty might be why the triple axel endures as the pinnacle of figure skating performance - and why it's sure to light up the 2018 Winter Olympics as well.
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Comments • 2 863

  • Gloria Awesomeness
    Gloria Awesomeness 5 hours ago

    No then what about the girl in the move see did it at least 30 times

  • Mango Bae
    Mango Bae 2 days ago

    The editing is so annoying

  • George Calm
    George Calm 9 days ago

    Jesus, montage of this video is so split and almost hurtful to watch

  • Eduardo Louis
    Eduardo Louis 9 days ago

    in case you liked classical music the song in the intro of the video is called Gymnopedie N#1 by Satie

  • juuzou shuzoya
    juuzou shuzoya 12 days ago

    Wtf was with the Barbie😂😂😂😂😂

  • clickbait-
    clickbait- 13 days ago

    _i’m_ batman

  • Mae Mint
    Mae Mint 19 days ago

    This editing is so bad

  • Jesse H
    Jesse H 22 days ago

    I'm trying to learn more about skating and here I am having a stroke watching this vid

  • Eliza Gaskell
    Eliza Gaskell Month ago

    Whatever is said about Tanya Harding - at the end of the day Harding did a triple axel (to the soundtrack of Batman)

  • jerome2022
    jerome2022 Month ago

    She didnt attack anybody blame the criminals please!

  • down boy
    down boy Month ago

    I used to ice skate and let me tell you it takes ALOT of work. Yes it’s fun and graceful and it looks fantastic but one wrong move and your head is bashed against the ice or maybe your ankle snaps because you couldn’t land the jump properly. Forgetting the risks, the prices were also too much. It’s an expensive sport to be in. In my opinion atleast . I applaud these people who are able to do these things.

  • Breydon Nelson
    Breydon Nelson Month ago

    I can do a triple axle upside-down 🙃

  • CrrdHrz
    CrrdHrz Month ago

    Wait. Let me get this straight...
    @ 4:27
    You are telling me Bruce Wayne & Batman are the same person??? 🤯😱

  • sonichuizcool
    sonichuizcool 2 months ago

    because only the best of the best of the best (with honors) can do it. Some can technically do it, but do it with grace and smoothness takes immense talent.

  • John citizen
    John citizen 2 months ago

    saw her 2 days ago, 9-7-2018, still looks great....

  • Madie ferr
    Madie ferr 2 months ago

    Physics to poetry

  • Not Emma
    Not Emma 2 months ago

    why did they keep cutting off the full clip of tonya harding landing the triple axel?
    annoying editing

  • amethyst_scent
    amethyst_scent 2 months ago

    Tf is this editing

  • Genna Lotza
    Genna Lotza 2 months ago

    ⛸🏅🎖🎖🎖🏅🎖🏆

  • ᎶᎾLDᎽ
    ᎶᎾLDᎽ 2 months ago +1

    BRUH I LIVE IN MINNEAPOLIS :OOOO

  • Richard Hawkins
    Richard Hawkins 2 months ago

    Bruce Wayne is Batman?! I need to sit down!

  • Lubid
    Lubid 2 months ago

    IM GOING TO DO THAT SOMEDAY
    *meanwhile*
    I AM NOT LETTING GO OF THIS BARRIER!! GET ME OFF THE ICEE!!!!

  • Matthew S Halim
    Matthew S Halim 2 months ago

    I. Tonya

  • JiTiAr35
    JiTiAr35 2 months ago

    The iron lotus is more difficult.

  • Fernando Ramoa
    Fernando Ramoa 2 months ago

    tonya was the baddest. l was blown away by her story and her unparallelled raw skills

  • Steven Sitzman
    Steven Sitzman 2 months ago +1

    Just show the dang move.

  • h2olover 9118
    h2olover 9118 2 months ago

    What is the music used in this video? in the background

  • Al Fa
    Al Fa 2 months ago

    The editing is giving me a headache

  • P Dawg
    P Dawg 2 months ago

    Whoever edited this video is retarded

  • sally smith
    sally smith 2 months ago

    Wow. Interesting. I always thought it was so difficult cause of the third spin...that it was near impossible to get three in the short amount of time you're in the air....hmmmm....shows you how much I DON'T KNOW.

  • Liam H
    Liam H 2 months ago +1

    You're Welcome.
    /watch?v=x-pXToYyeZQ

  • Scientific Humanist
    Scientific Humanist 2 months ago +1

    If Yuna Kim did a 3A she would have won the Olympics in Sochi. Why didn’t she? It should’ve been easy for her. 😢

  • Just a cat and a dog
    Just a cat and a dog 2 months ago

    At the end Tonya looked so happy when she landed and it made me happy lol

  • The Last and One
    The Last and One 3 months ago

    Poor Tonya, fooking court....

  • Emma G
    Emma G 3 months ago

    Who else is trying to do an axel? Evil evil axel

  • brih Mendiola
    brih Mendiola 3 months ago

    If you think about it, Tonya Harding was a great skater not just because she landed a Triple Axel, but what she went through to land it.

  • Electro Fan
    Electro Fan 3 months ago

    Lol now she is on world's dumbest. 😂. Still a cool chick though.

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 3 months ago

    In my opinion Victor is a batter ice skater than Tanya...

    • Sydney M
      Sydney M 3 months ago

      Nc Demon clearly you know nothing about figure skating ...

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 3 months ago

    Yuri on ice...

  • Lisa Mari Arellanes
    Lisa Mari Arellanes 3 months ago

    A triple axel is no longer a big deal if you have to unfairly, and brutally, try to take down your opponent. I'm sorry it is very hard to stomach anything about Tonya at this point. Full of lies and trying to make herself out to be innocent! It is pathetic so much attention is given to her. If she overheard a conversation of people taking down her opponent........and yet, continued on with that knowledge.....my opinion,....incredibly guilty. That triple axel is very hard to even view! A Hollywood movie on how innocent she is, is pathetic!

  • Van Helsing
    Van Helsing 3 months ago

    It's way easier than The "Iron Lotus"! Mad props to Jimmy McElroy and Chaz Michael Michaels for sticking it in competition back in '07!

  • alicenlucy
    alicenlucy 3 months ago

    Who edited this? It's so good

  • Luis Zhu
    Luis Zhu 3 months ago

    Annoying video.

  • AvatarTTfan
    AvatarTTfan 3 months ago

    ok but triple axel is pretty normal in male ice skating so, is it a womans thing that its more difficult because of size?

  • Alexandrina de Phénix-Dauphinais

    Consider the following: Quadruple axle

  • Dazie Diamond
    Dazie Diamond 3 months ago

    I'm just gonna go with singing it's easier

  • maya q
    maya q 3 months ago

    It took 3:15 to show the complete triple axel, before that just babbling details about what wasn’t yet shown, making it hard to get, and that’s the typical TVclip need for attention syndrome

  • Aymaan .T
    Aymaan .T 3 months ago +1

    Guys I need to know something. In the movie or in real life, why did everyone know(in the competition) that Tonya was going to attempt the Triple Axel? Why did everyone know she was gonna do it?

  • Dan Monson
    Dan Monson 4 months ago

    Kimmie Meissner, also, landed a triple axel in competition. So, that makes 3 American women, not 2, who have landed this jump.

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr Month ago

      Dan Monson - you are correct that there is an error in the video. Kimmie's was not a great 3A but she did get credit for it at US Nationals.

    • Dan Monson
      Dan Monson 3 months ago

      The video stated at 1:02 that, "Mirai Nagasu's the only other American woman to land a triple axel in competition." It did not state international competitions. You are correct about international competitions, though.

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 4 months ago

      Dan Monson - Kimmie landed hers at US Nationals, not international competition. Only 2 american women Tonya and Mirai have landed the triple axel in international competition, Tonya at 1991 Worlds and Mirai 2018 Olympics.

  • 時岡さなえ
    時岡さなえ 4 months ago

    Oh is that machine called zamboni? Never heard of it called that before

  • NS
    NS 4 months ago

    Would have liked to hear from Tonya and Midori Ito.

  • Park Jimin is my light
    Park Jimin is my light 4 months ago

    You didn't land this edit.

  • Alejandro Gil Hernandez

    I need the soundtrack used in this video, please.

  • Rachel Wharton
    Rachel Wharton 4 months ago

    That editing drove me bonkers 😒 The whole time I was trying to understand the move so I could appreciate it and they would start to show the move and I would think, "Ah yes, here it is," and then they WOULD CUT AWAY. Then I was just annoyed with whatever they would show or say afterwards. Not even sure how many times that exact thought sequence happened during the whole thing. I'm definitely not watching again to count.

  • Queen Mao Asada
    Queen Mao Asada 4 months ago

    Kimmie Meisner

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr Month ago

      Queen Mao Asada - Kimmie landed her 3A in 2005 at US nationals, not international competition. I think the video meant to say international competition. Kimmie's 3A was not great but she did get credit for it.

  • Anthony Yannuzzi
    Anthony Yannuzzi 4 months ago

    Tonya Harding turned it and deserves more credit.

  • Pepins Spot
    Pepins Spot 4 months ago

    This poor woman. Her life was truly awful. That movie should've come out immediately after the Olympics. I really hope she is happy now, she deserves it.

  • Helen Lim
    Helen Lim 4 months ago +1

    A video of 3A without any mention of mao asada?? This is unacceptable

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr Month ago

      Actually Helen LIm, a video of the triple axel without mentioning Midori Ito is unacceptable since Midori was the 1st in 1988 to land it in international competition and the 1st to land it at the Olympics at Albertville in 1992. In any video on the net featuring ladies triple axels, Midori's are always rated the best.

  • anindita sarkar
    anindita sarkar 4 months ago

    Tanya is far better than her rival. I don't think she hurt her.

  • Rajiv Jadhav
    Rajiv Jadhav 4 months ago

    Me: it's 3 am i should sleep (know nothing about figure skating)
    Brain: watch Why the triple axel is such a big deal

  • Fanny Moring
    Fanny Moring 4 months ago

    Why does this look like a serious video edited by a shitposter

  • fb1993
    fb1993 4 months ago

    1:36 to speed all those things we don't care about 🌝

  • GOD CREATES
    GOD CREATES 4 months ago

    I couldn't skate, even if I were riding on Tonya's back. Is there anything Tonya Harding cannot do? Seriously, I am so amazed by her. All her life, she has overcome every problem/ obstacle like the true Champion she is. Not WAS ... IS. She is an amazing woman. Don't bother replying with an insult, I see the truth. And if you will look at this woman's life with new glasses, you will see the truth as well. If you look up the words, "fortitude, amazing, phenomenal, hero and champion, you will recognize these traits in Tonya Harding. God loves you Tonya, you are worthy.

  • Quintin Garvin
    Quintin Garvin 4 months ago

    She had batman

  • Ivan Najakov
    Ivan Najakov 4 months ago

    Simple, If she has a nice butt, the centrifugal force causes her skirt to rise, the beauty of this act is added to the beauty of what is usually hidden beneath her skirt.
    Is this magic or what?

  • Sup ItzKittie_
    Sup ItzKittie_ 5 months ago

    Freakin a single Axel kills me. I look up to ppl who can do a triple axel.

  • Canada
    Canada 5 months ago

    I found the production of this clip infuriating. . . . and I don't know why.

  • Taylor Jean
    Taylor Jean 5 months ago

    0:21 gymnopedie omg ❤️❤️

  • Alisha L
    Alisha L 5 months ago

    It’s not “The Target Center.” It’s just “Target Center.” At least this was better than Vox’s stupid gun control videos and lecturing to us like we are children.

  • kittie pride
    kittie pride 5 months ago

    I disliked because of that dumb ending

  • Juliann Yall
    Juliann Yall 5 months ago

    MOMENT OF TRUTH

  • Rebecca Patch
    Rebecca Patch 5 months ago

    Mirai 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓

  • 1besieged
    1besieged 5 months ago +1

    Triple Threat TONYA Harding Triple Axel!!!!! #1 BEST on EARTH!!

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr Month ago

      actually 1 besieged, Midori Ito is rated #1 in ladies triple axels. Watch Midori's 1990 Halifax world LP. In both the Canadian and UK versions of the video the commentators rated Midori's triple axel probably the best in the competition including the men.

  • Gregory Rose III
    Gregory Rose III 5 months ago

    Nice job tonya!

  • Flarecoils 157
    Flarecoils 157 5 months ago

    Gee, really love watching a 5 minute video with terrible editing that doesnt even allow a clear watch of the source material until 4 minutes into the video...

  • Daylin Richardson
    Daylin Richardson 5 months ago

    1:22 I’m confused

  • Selena Books
    Selena Books 5 months ago

    I can do a triple visit to the fridge.

  • alexander bakulin
    alexander bakulin 5 months ago

    can they just say that unlike other triples, triple axel is not actually a triple, but a 3.5 rotations jump.

  • KK R
    KK R 6 months ago

    What?

  • yuzuru hanyu
    yuzuru hanyu 6 months ago

    quad are like 10times harder

  • small footprint
    small footprint 6 months ago +1

    It was an epic moment. I still remember it to this day and can feel the emotions of watching her make that jump.

    • Margo Jannuzi
      Margo Jannuzi 5 months ago

      Yes, Tonya Harding rocked that triple axle like a champ. What a skater!

  • sportsocks
    sportsocks 6 months ago +1

    show me triple axel please

  • health
    health 6 months ago +1

    where the triple axel

  • luisqsk
    luisqsk 6 months ago +1

    Your stupid video just doesn't let me see anything of the diagram, what are you? some type of silly magazine?

  • eizhowa
    eizhowa 6 months ago +40

    The expression she makes when she realizes she will be able to fully complete the jump without falling is pure gold.

  • lsr asr
    lsr asr 6 months ago +17

    If you are going to do a feature on ladies performing the triple axel, Midori Ito comes first. Not only as the 1st woman to complete the triple axel in world competition, but also the 1st woman to complete the triple axel at the Olympics. Her triple axels are always rated the best. Tonya only learned to do the triple axel because she saw Midori do it at the NHK competition in Japan in 1990. If you want to see a perfect triple axel watch Midori's long program skate at the 1990 Worlds at Halifax. In all 3 broadcasts of the competition, U.S., Canada and U.K. the commentators said it was the most incredible jump ever performed in world competition by a female competitor. Toller Cranston, the famous Canadian figure skater who was doing the Canadian broadcast said it was probably the best triple axel done at the competition including the men.

  • Forrest Taylor
    Forrest Taylor 6 months ago +6

    Why was this video edited like someone with epilepsy wanted to hurt themselves

  • mano fiske
    mano fiske 6 months ago

    The Asian chick is very quirky.

  • The Piper Report
    The Piper Report 6 months ago

    Yeah.. I have no idea what any of this but I just finished the movie I, Tonya and figured I would check out her famous Triple-Axel

  • Zach Schultz
    Zach Schultz 6 months ago

    Kimmie Meissner is shook by Vox's error.

  • Winnie Cho
    Winnie Cho 6 months ago

    the background totally completes this video,so pleasing

  • Myat Htoo
    Myat Htoo 6 months ago

    it's like you got to be on the right side of the tracks! Yay for Tonya technical only or not, it was a "historical" accomplishment!

  • alex8matt
    alex8matt 6 months ago +1

    Girls are landing quad lutzes, those are harder.

    • Qiqi Chia
      Qiqi Chia 4 months ago +1

      alex8matt 3A is hard because its takeoff is totally different from other jumps. Many men can land quads easily but fail to land 3A consistently. Ask Nathan Chen or Patrick chan.

    • Qiqi Chia
      Qiqi Chia 4 months ago +1

      alex8matt No girls have landed quad lutz in competition. Trusova's quad lutz is underrotated. So is the quad lutz of another eteri girl (cant recall her name), which is in fact a flutz.

  • Have An Ice Day
    Have An Ice Day 6 months ago

    Physics into poetry

  • isa bel
    isa bel 6 months ago +1

    ugh this guy annoys me, midori ito was the first women to land the triple axel EVER not just in world competition and why is he so focused on tonyas triple when midori did it first??

    • gwirith14
      gwirith14 4 months ago

      Because Tonya was an American. Who also became the subject of a huge scandal.

  • Jackson Wald
    Jackson Wald 6 months ago

    The triple axel is the dark souls of skating

  • metalperslfx
    metalperslfx 6 months ago

    i always do a triple axle every time i step into the ring

  • Mandy Shores
    Mandy Shores 7 months ago

    I can do a tripple fart 💩

  • Tirion
    Tirion 7 months ago +3

    i first read it as " why triple axe is such a big deal"