Why the triple axel is such a big deal

  • katma 12 Şub 2018
  • Triple axels can turn skaters into legends. This is why.
    Want to see Tonya' Harding's routine? You can find one version here:
    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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YORUMLAR • 2 580

  • Gixxer983
    Gixxer983 4 saatler önce

    Changed my life... Hahaha

  • Justin Ly
    Justin Ly 6 saatler önce

    “If you ask her to define triple axle in one word... she has to think about it.”
    I can’t think of a word that I could define in one word *without* thinking about it.

  • gracecallan
    gracecallan 11 saatler önce

    So to put it simply. It’s hard to do...

  • Chris Tran
    Chris Tran 14 saatler önce

    I can do a triple tumble down the stairs.

  • Riding Stone
    Riding Stone 20 saatler önce

    very poorly done subject. what a shame.

  • Bram Ruysch
    Bram Ruysch 21 saatler önce

    Press destroy married massive pregnancy Democrat neither chance fence joint attitude.

  • Renee Lee
    Renee Lee 22 saatler önce

    Triple axel in one word: NOPE!

  • The Cheerios Spilled in Serendipity

    1:20 you're welcomed.

  • CurveTheRain
    CurveTheRain Gün önce

    Is it illegal to show the actual video or something 😒

  • Trent Bruch
    Trent Bruch Gün önce

    big ups to the mention of Street Fighter II

  • Tom Sowerby
    Tom Sowerby Gün önce

    Me: watches this video
    Me: instantly spends 3 hours listening to Sufjan Stevens

  • Debbie  Walker
    Debbie Walker Gün önce

    I love how they perform, totally awesome!!!

  • Mandeep Bhatia
    Mandeep Bhatia Gün önce

    Add more Legos and Korite something new that you have never made out of Legos

  • jose alvarado
    jose alvarado Gün önce

    This is an ice video not a Barbie video :) :( 🤔

  • Debi Cop
    Debi Cop Gün önce

    Well, I just liked her for exactly 5 min and 10 seconds, and that’s all I’m giving her.

  • Prateek Sharma
    Prateek Sharma Gün önce

    Chazz Michael Michaels is figure skating.Boom!!!

  • Elvar Snær Ágústson
    Elvar Snær Ágústson Gün önce +1


  • A
    A Gün önce

    Interesting, too many cuts made it hard to watch.

  • Luca Floyd
    Luca Floyd 2 gün önce

    Great video! Keep it up!

  • Nuclear Atom
    Nuclear Atom 2 gün önce

    I know she got moves, but...

    _Dat ass..._

  • Jaime Gandarilla
    Jaime Gandarilla 2 gün önce

    She also sent her boyfriend to break someone's knee. She was first in that too.

  • Max Polay
    Max Polay 2 gün önce

    This was frustrating to watch

  • frenchie5k
    frenchie5k 2 gün önce

    Then why did she club Nancy Kerrigan?

  • Amina Khan
    Amina Khan 2 gün önce

    Guys I can do a triple roll

  • Dillpickle 97
    Dillpickle 97 2 gün önce

    I hope you guys know that the barbie and next scene were just a filler.

  • Amy Francko & Sandra Bryant

    wow it was 1991, maybe I remeber the news of the two ladies fight more than the show. I was only 5 at the time, but I do remember

  • Me
    Me 2 gün önce


  • Aria Cannon
    Aria Cannon 2 gün önce

    watch this made me so dizzy simply because the shots changed every .4 seconds

  • Arif Sultan
    Arif Sultan 2 gün önce

    The video is unnecessarily long.

  • Justin Voss
    Justin Voss 2 gün önce

    Where is the SavedYouAClick guy from Reddit to quickly tell me why and not have to watch all this useless fluff

  • The Krinklebein
    The Krinklebein 2 gün önce

    I wish you would show the full jump

  • Jesus Garza
    Jesus Garza 2 gün önce

    why did i watch this???

  • harrymason666
    harrymason666 2 gün önce

    This video is so frustrating to watch.

  • Kupokeki
    Kupokeki 3 gün önce

    You never just show the move in normal speed. This video is so all over the place and could’ve been way shorter.

  • blehh853
    blehh853 3 gün önce

    Still confused what it is and why its a big deal lol to me they just spin in the air and look beautiful 😂😍😌

  • brachypelmasmith
    brachypelmasmith 3 gün önce

    Is triple supposed to be hard(er) for women than for men? Because men, more or less routinely, do quadruple axels. Is it just mass/jump height thing or is there more?

  • Andrian Harsono
    Andrian Harsono 3 gün önce

    Her name "Mirai" means "future" in Japanese. How appropriate! She is the future of US figure skating.

  • mycah panes
    mycah panes 3 gün önce +1

    skating videos are so satisfying to watch

  • Raymond
    Raymond 3 gün önce

    One of the worst video edits I have ever seen. Soooooo annoying...

  • Panos Georgoulas
    Panos Georgoulas 3 gün önce

    Triple cork is harder

  • Matteah A.B
    Matteah A.B 3 gün önce

    Too much editing and i dont like your face

  • victor noagbodji
    victor noagbodji 3 gün önce

    i know nothing about figure skating but now i have a favorite. Mirai seems like a very cool person. love her smile : )

  • michael greene
    michael greene 3 gün önce

    This has got to be the absolute worst, most insipid and asinine video I have ever seen, blathering on an on about the triple axel for close to 5 minutes and showing less than 10 seconds of actual triple axels footage performed by skaters in real life! The director of this video is a total idiot who caused me to waste 5 minutes of my time.

  • Albin Krevelj
    Albin Krevelj 3 gün önce

    most boring sport of them all...

  • john li
    john li 3 gün önce

    Didnt tonya try to have someone break nancy's legs or something

  • tomnotloki
    tomnotloki 3 gün önce

    hey Vox, I know you're trying to make a hip and interesting video all that, but you're jumpy editing is fricken distracting, man. it's okay if you tone it down a bit, you don't have to be lit af 24/7 yanno.

  • Action Jackie
    Action Jackie 3 gün önce

    you training all life for a triple axel and in the competition fail? damn!

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W 3 gün önce

    Me: "Wow, Mirai Nagasu is so elegant..."
    and then she opens her mouth.

  • Tyler's world
    Tyler's world 3 gün önce

    I get tired when i put socks on.

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson 4 gün önce

    Anyone know the song that plays for a few seconds starting at 12 seconds in?

  • DJLocuaz
    DJLocuaz 4 gün önce

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  • dougie odwyer
    dougie odwyer 4 gün önce

    whats the song in the begining bit ive been trying to find it for ages x

  • crankylifter
    crankylifter 4 gün önce

    I'm not interested in the graphics or the music or the millennial narrator's airtime-I wanted to see a triple axel. Was that too much to ask? Jesus.

  • Antero Jokinen
    Antero Jokinen 4 gün önce

    The info is good and all but holy hell this video looks awful. Make it clearer next time, please.

  • Ahimtar HoN
    Ahimtar HoN 4 gün önce

    Seriously, how can you make an explanatory video about some ice-skating trick and for over 3 minutes not even show what the trick is? Most people don't know what a "triple axel" is, it's not common knowledge. And even if it was, how hard it is to show it and not cut it in the middle 8 times?!

  • Salvador Ramirez
    Salvador Ramirez 4 gün önce

    I got frustrated everytime they almost showed the whole jump and cut away immediately

  • joni capo
    joni capo 4 gün önce

    amazing www.yko.io/BK00b

  • Eugene Lee
    Eugene Lee 4 gün önce

    WTF Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same person?

  • ramonypony
    ramonypony 4 gün önce

    This video is trying SO HARD TO HAVE *AESTHETIC* and I'm just left confused 😂

  • Jordan Shane
    Jordan Shane 4 gün önce

    What is this cancer editing

  • zonkster909
    zonkster909 4 gün önce

    Tonya Harding is kind of a big deal. The greatest skater ever.

  • Conner koskela
    Conner koskela 4 gün önce

    (Insert blades of glory reference here)

  • Po A.
    Po A. 4 gün önce

    FALSE! Another American Kimmie Meisner landed a triple axel at US Nationals in 2005 or 2006 .

  • Энгельсина Гребенкина

    АХ, как это здорово!

  • Louis Mackay
    Louis Mackay 4 gün önce

    Doesn't even show the actual trick

  • Kitten_of_steel
    Kitten_of_steel 4 gün önce

    “Physics into poetry.” Bars 😩😤💪💯💦💦

  • Isaac Olander
    Isaac Olander 5 gün önce

    Just show us the jump

  • Verity Laurel
    Verity Laurel 5 gün önce

    aaah this was like a Radio Lab podcast in video form. Hard to watch.

  • Brooke Leigh
    Brooke Leigh 5 gün önce

    And i can barely walk on even ground without falling over

  • Tithe3016
    Tithe3016 5 gün önce

    Shes my classmate AAHHH

  • Jarrel Brannon
    Jarrel Brannon 5 gün önce +1

    So, you’re telling me you hurl yourself in the air off of one foot moving forwards, make 3.5 rotations while absorbing massive gravitational force, and then landing basically on a knife blade in the opposite direction...

    ....yeah I’ll just take up knitting.

  • SparkleKitten
    SparkleKitten 5 gün önce

    We we're born to make history

  • duon44
    duon44 5 gün önce

    did they seriously never show the full move in regular speed in this video? i was waiting for it

  • roxo166
    roxo166 5 gün önce +1

    I can spin 3 times in 3 seconds!

  • incidentalist
    incidentalist 5 gün önce +1

    Street Fighter 2 was off the chain back then! SO FUTURISTIC! LMAO

  • Mochi Pichu
    Mochi Pichu 5 gün önce

    for Yuri on ice fans

  • BTS Army
    BTS Army 5 gün önce

    Why does this sound like some serious business 😂 like someone's life is at stake or some kind of political issue or something. Must be the bgm 😂

  • parkjihoon
    parkjihoon 5 gün önce

    Isn't Kim Yuna the record breaker?

  • camelpissflavour
    camelpissflavour 5 gün önce

    i can do a quadruple axel

  • Skype Troubled
    Skype Troubled 5 gün önce

    MIrai Nagasu is JAPANESE :)

  • Clo Chu
    Clo Chu 5 gün önce

    Yet Yuzuru did triple Axel like it was so easy

  • GreyKnight Tarek
    GreyKnight Tarek 5 gün önce

    Is that "jump to it" playing in the background an actual song? if yes anyone know the name pls & ty

  • Rangatira Ahau
    Rangatira Ahau 5 gün önce

    What does batman have to do with it?

  • Andrew 07
    Andrew 07 5 gün önce

    I can do a triple flop, big deal 😒

  • Mr Whiskers
    Mr Whiskers 5 gün önce


  • cute girl
    cute girl 5 gün önce +1

    Tonya harding ♡♡♡ chick can skate!

  • Alana Chansky
    Alana Chansky 6 gün önce

    everyone watching this video PLZ subscribe to Sofie dossi!!!

  • Alana Chansky
    Alana Chansky 6 gün önce

    LOL at first i thought that barbie doll was a real human!!!

  • James Helou
    James Helou 6 gün önce

    Took 1:30 to actually mention anything relevant to the video title -_-

  • Jennifer Scott-Checki
    Jennifer Scott-Checki 6 gün önce

    Cracked, you are so awesome! Thanks for the videos. I know nothing about skating, so this was really interesting.

  • Sun Rise
    Sun Rise 6 gün önce

    Harding's landing was smoother and more graceful than Ito's.

  • angelica mendez
    angelica mendez 6 gün önce

    My friend's name is Axel

  • GV
    GV 6 gün önce

    Who the hell cares?

  • boombapboom
    boombapboom 6 gün önce

    This did nothing for my understanding, smh.

  • Fatima Wajid
    Fatima Wajid 6 gün önce

    should have been more mao asada, queen of triple axles

  • mzs114
    mzs114 6 gün önce

    If Triple is such a big deal then what about Quad? !!

  • Paulo Abundo
    Paulo Abundo 6 gün önce

    So, are you not allowed to show the full triple axel?

  • Lenni Turunen
    Lenni Turunen 6 gün önce

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  • _Elizabeth Pruyne
    _Elizabeth Pruyne 6 gün önce


  • Paloma Harper
    Paloma Harper 6 gün önce

    Tonya Harding actually had Jurassic Park music. Where'd you get batman?