Why the triple axel is such a big deal

  • katma 12 Şub 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
    Want to see Tonya' Harding's routine? You can find one version here:
    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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  • Andrian Luis
    Andrian Luis 17 saatler önce +1

    It kinda remind me if tricking.

  • Soni B
    Soni B Gün önce

    I want my view credit back. Two minutes in and I’m 💀 and still no triple axle.

  • Annika S
    Annika S 6 gün önce

    Right now I’m working on my single axel, it’s sooooo difficult

  • P
    P 10 gün önce

    This video is absolutely stupid. What did u learn from this ? ... me, nothing.

  • SamTHK YT
    SamTHK YT 12 gün önce

    Wait wait that was 58 frames but how many frames per second is real life 🤔🤔🤔

  • give this weeb some oxiJIN

    i came here after YURI ON ICE

  • рагк мiуоuиg
    рагк мiуоuиg 13 gün önce

    I went to the toy store a whiel ago and saw a new Made to Move Barbie doll and the one in the video is the same one i saw (except for the skating outfit tho)

  • beached crab
    beached crab 15 gün önce

    Don’t know why but the music in this video made it feel like a horror film.

    RENEE RICEVUTO 15 gün önce

    "A triple axel turns physics into poetry." Love that quote

  • Anna 5678
    Anna 5678 16 gün önce

    Sad, people only gonna remember her for attacking Nancy instead her achievement.
    Do good, no one cares, do bad forever remember it.

  • Coconut ScienceGirl92
    Coconut ScienceGirl92 17 gün önce

    I have seen people doing a quadruple. So this isn’t anything anymore

  • Kannibal Kitten
    Kannibal Kitten 17 gün önce

    Quite informative, I definitely know more than I did prior to watching this....the editing didn't bother me. I've seen the triple axel in many other videos on this platform.

  • bubblegumboobs
    bubblegumboobs 19 gün önce

    I love Tonya forever ❣

  • Mia Kim
    Mia Kim 20 gün önce +1

    Technically, every jump rotates forward
    You face forward and jump, but I only found out after I started doing doubles.
    Also, for anyone doing axels, I found it easier to rotate it you think of jumping onto a platform backwards, if that makes sense. Imagine going to a competition and going to get your medal for 1st place. Now pretend your going towards the platform forwards, and jump, landing backwards. Since its a competition, stand tall, use your core. 😊

  • foodank_atr
    foodank_atr 24 gün önce

    What type of world would we live in today if Reagan was cognizant enough of pop culture and video games to say "Gorbachev, Hadouken this wall..."

  • Olivia Hsin
    Olivia Hsin 25 gün önce

    Now there’s Alysa Liu

  • Kri MD
    Kri MD 26 gün önce

    Stop with all the pointless editing omg

  • Cody Hill
    Cody Hill 29 gün önce

    Am I the only one that know about Triple Axel from that disney movie Ice Angle ?

  • Kayla Ye
    Kayla Ye Aylar önce

    I love how he uses a barbie to demonstrate XDDDD

  • Madigan1984
    Madigan1984 Aylar önce

    Wow that‘s boring

  • Jeffrey Cruz
    Jeffrey Cruz Aylar önce

    I can't even do 3 turns when i skate.

  • Jashak
    Jashak Aylar önce

    1:32 there you go

  • fizziestix
    fizziestix Aylar önce

    bc it's hard

  • Diana Day
    Diana Day Aylar önce +1

    I tried that and I died.

  • Doll Face
    Doll Face Aylar önce

    Triple axel sounds like a finishing move in a fighting game. "Finish him!" *triple axels opponent* "FATALITY"

  • atikah rostam
    atikah rostam Aylar önce

    Why am I here? I don't even skate.

  • Shogun Z
    Shogun Z Aylar önce

    I can do a teabagging


  • Ahmed Al Hijji
    Ahmed Al Hijji Aylar önce

    Watching the movie I' Tonya made me watch this

  • Makisu
    Makisu Aylar önce

    Ya know, I was going to take my first ice skating lesson ((at 14)) tomorrow....*throws skates out the window* I’ve never been good at science. Or is this math? Ya know what...I think I’m just going to stick with watching anime characters doing this stuff.

  • Hannahxx
    Hannahxx Aylar önce

    All these people talking about Mari's triple axel but no one is talking about Anna Shcherbakova's quad lutz... hmmm

  • proluca
    proluca 2 aylar önce

    Correction: Kimmie Meisner was the 2nd American to land a Triple Axel in competition.

  • Mietta R
    Mietta R 2 aylar önce

    so ur telling me that a doll flying in the air is apparently a triple axel??😂

  • JJ Kern
    JJ Kern 2 aylar önce +3

    How come women are less able to do a triple axel? I’ve seen more men land a triple axel in competition, and only a handful of women have done it

  • househansa
    househansa 2 aylar önce +49

    I know less about the triple axel after watching this.

  • MadamKilay
    MadamKilay 2 aylar önce +3

    Good thing I watched Yuri On Ice

    QUARTERMASTEREMI6 2 aylar önce

    Triple axle - _Historical._ It brilliantly is!

  • A 1
    A 1 2 aylar önce

    Still underwhelming compared to men’s figure skating

    DR ROME 2 aylar önce

    Kimmie Meissner landed a triple axle and was the 2nd woman figure skater in the US that successfully did it in competetion after Tanya Harding. Mirai Nagasu was the 3rd.

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 2 aylar önce

      Dr ROME - you are correct. However, Kimmie's 3A was not landed in international competition so if you search ladies triple axels on youtube, she is not included with the ladies who have landed the 3A in international competition. In addition, I have read that her 3A in 2005 at US nationals was under rotated and would not have passed ISU review and would have been downgraded to a double axel.

  • Tien
    Tien 3 aylar önce +4


  • Glen Coco
    Glen Coco 3 aylar önce +2

    nathan chen, rolling up to the party: not anymore bish

  • Gloria Castro
    Gloria Castro 3 aylar önce

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

  • Andi Irmayanti
    Andi Irmayanti 3 aylar önce

    The editing is so annoying

  • George Calm
    George Calm 3 aylar önce +2

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

  • Eduardo Louis
    Eduardo Louis 3 aylar önce

    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 3 aylar önce +1

    Wtf was with the Barbie😂😂😂😂😂

  • clickbait-
    clickbait- 3 aylar önce

    _i’m_ batman

  • Mae Eliz
    Mae Eliz 4 aylar önce

    This editing is so bad

  • Jesse H
    Jesse H 4 aylar önce

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

  • Eliza Gaskell
    Eliza Gaskell 4 aylar önce

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

  • jerome2022
    jerome2022 4 aylar önce

    She didnt attack anybody blame the criminals please!

  • down boy
    down boy 4 aylar önce

    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 4 aylar önce

    I can do a triple axle upside-down 🙃

  • CrrdHrz
    CrrdHrz 5 aylar önce

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

  • sonichuizcool
    sonichuizcool 5 aylar önce

    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 5 aylar önce

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

  • Madie ferr
    Madie ferr 5 aylar önce

    Physics to poetry

  • Not Emma
    Not Emma 5 aylar önce

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

  • amethyst_scent
    amethyst_scent 5 aylar önce

    Tf is this editing

  • Genna Lotza
    Genna Lotza 5 aylar önce


    ᎶᎾLDᎽ 5 aylar önce +1


  • Richard Hawkins
    Richard Hawkins 5 aylar önce

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

  • Lubid
    Lubid 5 aylar önce


  • Matthew S Halim
    Matthew S Halim 5 aylar önce

    I. Tonya

  • JiTiAr35
    JiTiAr35 5 aylar önce

    The iron lotus is more difficult.

  • Fernando Ramoa
    Fernando Ramoa 6 aylar önce

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

  • Steven Sitzman
    Steven Sitzman 6 aylar önce +1

    Just show the dang move.

  • h2olover 9118
    h2olover 9118 6 aylar önce

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

  • Al Fa
    Al Fa 6 aylar önce

    The editing is giving me a headache

    • Tien
      Tien 3 aylar önce


  • saura
    saura 6 aylar önce

    Whoever edited this video is retarded

  • Liam H
    Liam H 6 aylar önce +1

    You're Welcome.

  • Scientific Humanist
    Scientific Humanist 6 aylar önce +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 6 aylar önce

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

  • The Last and One
    The Last and One 6 aylar önce

    Poor Tonya, fooking court....

  • Emma G
    Emma G 6 aylar önce

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

  • brih Mendiola
    brih Mendiola 6 aylar önce

    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 6 aylar önce

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

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 6 aylar önce

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

    • Tien
      Tien 3 aylar önce

      I was looking for this comment lol

    • Sydney M
      Sydney M 6 aylar önce

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

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 6 aylar önce

    Yuri on ice...

  • Lisa Mari Arellanes
    Lisa Mari Arellanes 6 aylar önce

    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 6 aylar önce

    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 6 aylar önce

    Who edited this? It's so good

  • LAZ Z
    LAZ Z 6 aylar önce

    Annoying video.

  • AvatarTTfan
    AvatarTTfan 7 aylar önce

    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 Phénix dit Dauphinais

    Consider the following: Quadruple axle

  • Dazie Diamond
    Dazie Diamond 7 aylar önce

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

  • maya q
    maya q 7 aylar önce

    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 TRclips need for attention syndrome

  • Aymaan .T
    Aymaan .T 7 aylar önce +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 7 aylar önce

    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 5 aylar önce

      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 7 aylar önce

      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 7 aylar önce

      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 7 aylar önce

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

  • NS
    NS 7 aylar önce

    Would have liked to hear from Tonya and Midori Ito.

  • Park Jimin is my light
    Park Jimin is my light 7 aylar önce

    You didn't land this edit.

  • Alejandro Gil Hernandez
    Alejandro Gil Hernandez 7 aylar önce

    I need the soundtrack used in this video, please.

  • Rachel Wharton
    Rachel Wharton 7 aylar önce

    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 7 aylar önce

    Kimmie Meisner

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 4 aylar önce

      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 7 aylar önce

    Tonya Harding turned it and deserves more credit.

  • Pepins Spot
    Pepins Spot 7 aylar önce

    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 7 aylar önce +1

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

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 4 aylar önce

      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 7 aylar önce

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

  • Rajiv Jadhav
    Rajiv Jadhav 7 aylar önce

    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 7 aylar önce

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