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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    CHICKENLADY 2 saatler önce

    1:22 I’m confused

  • Selena Books
    Selena Books 2 saatler önce

    I can do a triple visit to the fridge.

  • alexander bakulin
    alexander bakulin 3 saatler önce

    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 2 gün önce


  • yuzuru hanyu
    yuzuru hanyu 5 gün önce

    quad are like 10times harder

  • small footprint
    small footprint 5 gün önce

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

  • sportsocks
    sportsocks 7 gün önce +1

    show me triple axel please

  • Parshipto
    Parshipto 7 gün önce +1

    where the triple axel

  • luisqsk
    luisqsk 7 gün önce +1

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

  • eizhowa
    eizhowa 8 gün önce

    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 8 gün önce +1

    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 9 gün önce +1

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

  • mano fiske
    mano fiske 10 gün önce

    The Asian chick is very quirky.

  • The Piper Report
    The Piper Report 11 gün önce

    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 17 gün önce

    Kimmie Meissner is shook by Vox's error.

  • Winnie Cho
    Winnie Cho 18 gün önce

    the background totally completes this video,so pleasing

  • Minna Christal
    Minna Christal 20 gün önce

    Sponsord by barbie

  • Myat Htoo
    Myat Htoo 20 gün önce

    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 21 gün önce +1

    Girls are landing quad lutzes, those are harder.

  • Have An Ice Day
    Have An Ice Day 23 gün önce

    Physics into poetry

  • isa bel
    isa bel 25 gün önce

    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??

  • Jackson Wald
    Jackson Wald 27 gün önce

    The triple axel is the dark souls of skating

  • metalperslfx
    metalperslfx 27 gün önce

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

  • Alice li
    Alice li Aylar önce

    I can do a tripple fart 💩

  • Tirion
    Tirion Aylar önce +2

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

  • StewNWT
    StewNWT Aylar önce

    Wrong. Kimmie Meissner also landed a triple axel in competition

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 8 gün önce

      Kimmie landed it in competition, but not internationally. As of today's date May 11, 2018 only 8 women have landed the triple axel in international competition, only 3 women to do it at the Olympic games.

  • blahblah bloooi
    blahblah bloooi Aylar önce

    this is the worst explanation of anything. so many distractions

  • The Tiller Willer!!!
    The Tiller Willer!!! Aylar önce

    1:23 I have that Barbie ououtfitthe skates 😂

  • Mahmoud El Arch
    Mahmoud El Arch Aylar önce

    4:18 "Historical" look at her creepy teeth... !

  • ama deus
    ama deus Aylar önce

    The editing on this is really obnoxious

  • GoddessZUnique
    GoddessZUnique Aylar önce

    For anyone lookin for the song at 1:20 it can be found in this list www.emipm.com/en/browse/labels/JM/156. The song is titled Jump, #16.

  • Anne C
    Anne C Aylar önce

    No. One must skate with a combination of such speed and with a powerful lift and thrust . One must have strong, muscular legs.

    CHECK ENGINE Aylar önce

    I still don't get it

  • thewitchking84
    thewitchking84 Aylar önce

    god this video is a mess to watch.
    stop with this unneeded cuts.

  • Isabella Williams
    Isabella Williams Aylar önce

    Wth!! Why Barbie!!

  • j lee
    j lee Aylar önce

    Too bad Harding didn't get the gold for that. True champion.

  • souviendra
    souviendra Aylar önce

    Kimmie Meissner landed the triple axel in competition as well (2005 U.S. Nationals)

  • Hannah Clarissa Masilang

    Then you’re gonna think about if one triple axel is historical, what should be 3 or 4 triple axel be? That’s what Asada Mao did in the Vancouver Olympics.

  • Ranjan Patra
    Ranjan Patra Aylar önce

    America ruined her carrier

  • Maeve O'Neill
    Maeve O'Neill Aylar önce

    Now that a man has explained it I understand

  • Chase Lapierre
    Chase Lapierre Aylar önce

    Vox. With the world's hard hitting issues.

  • Mabel Pines
    Mabel Pines 2 aylar önce

    I watched Yuri on Ice so I know

  • Tomek janecki
    Tomek janecki 2 aylar önce

    I do triple axels every weekend going back home from a binge

  • Lps Productions
    Lps Productions 2 aylar önce

    One word fickle

  • Weles Weles
    Weles Weles 2 aylar önce

    Alexandra Trusova made two quads in one skating program about one week ago.

  • Dizzle
    Dizzle 2 aylar önce

    I've never seen anyone do it quite like Tonya. The strength, speed, execution, her form and even the landing were phenomenal. When you slow motion other skaters even Mirai Nagasu, you can point out several flaws and the landing looks rough with trying to keep their ankle straight, but not with Tonya. She made it look effortless, but I know it's not Lol

  • zonkster909
    zonkster909 2 aylar önce

    There's only one way to consider Harding... The only badass woman's figure skating champion in history.

  • Jeon Rosie
    Jeon Rosie 2 aylar önce

    Also yuju from gfriend just kidding but she can also do it😂

  • Benjamín Gómez
    Benjamín Gómez 2 aylar önce +1

    It bugs me very much the fact that they never show the actual jump completely or uncut. Why!!! It's incredibly unsatisfying!!!

  • Isis Penafort
    Isis Penafort 2 aylar önce

    This gave chills! Crazy

  • heyras
    heyras 2 aylar önce

    name of the song at 2:45, anyone?

  • Gabriela Torres
    Gabriela Torres 2 aylar önce

    I can do a cartwheel

  • Fanny's LoA
    Fanny's LoA 2 aylar önce

    What's with all these videos that try to be fancy with flashing images and mixing clips from different events, while NEVER getting to the point of the title?

  • Dee Ca.
    Dee Ca. 2 aylar önce

    And here I am and I can barely jump. And not even with skates- I mean a normal jump.

  • Fritz Wunderlich
    Fritz Wunderlich 2 aylar önce

    That girl looks like a Chinese - Maybe she's one of those immigrating atheletes?

  • Syafiq Norkhalim
    Syafiq Norkhalim 2 aylar önce +3

    Video could honestly have been 3mins long instead of 5

  • Anthony Urbanski
    Anthony Urbanski 2 aylar önce

    Tonya...did it first...end of story.

    • Anthony Urbanski
      Anthony Urbanski 8 gün önce

      In America she sure did,I would die for her. She is a powerful,strong and a real American sweet heart.

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 8 gün önce

      Tonya was the 1st American to land the triple axel in international competition, but the 2nd woman to land the triple axel. Midori Ito was the 1st in 1988 and the 1st in world competition in 1989.

  • Mike Gerry
    Mike Gerry 2 aylar önce +3

    This vid sucked

  • siukong
    siukong 2 aylar önce +19

    Some of the most annoying editing I've ever seen.

  • Jair F.S
    Jair F.S 2 aylar önce

    So todays competitors still dont do this at all??

  • pagan _THE
    pagan _THE 2 aylar önce

    sexist propaganda... its a commen move in the mens olympic and for some reason when a woman does it, SENSATION!!!! let the world know this... a woman can do this.bla bla bla.. fake propaganda news

  • VL Thacker
    VL Thacker 2 aylar önce +1

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but men do triple axels all the time, it's the quads that are so important there.

  • Matthew Tyrrel
    Matthew Tyrrel 2 aylar önce

    Still a criminal

  • The World's Largest Cubic Zirconia

    Uh oh the zamboni coming. It's going to be loud...

  • Silver Purine
    Silver Purine 2 aylar önce

    Wow i really am average

  • Veronique Ramirez
    Veronique Ramirez 2 aylar önce

    "Tanya Harding was the first American woman to land a Triple Axel" ...... who was before her? Was it a man?

    • Bish Tomane
      Bish Tomane Aylar önce

      No, a Japanese skater, Midori Ito

  • Giovandy Fernando
    Giovandy Fernando 2 aylar önce

    meanwhile, shawn eckhardt thinks triple cheeseburger the real deal

  • Julia McAlister
    Julia McAlister 2 aylar önce

    The triple axel is impressive sure, but it's no iron lotus.

  • repairdrive
    repairdrive 2 aylar önce

    Tonya was a beast!

  • avismoon
    avismoon 2 aylar önce

    Shouldn't the video be focusing more on Midori Ito instead of Tonya Harding. Afterall, Ito was the first woman to do this at the Olympic games.

  • diane cry-anne nguyen
    diane cry-anne nguyen 2 aylar önce

    rip ankles

  • M.M
    M.M 2 aylar önce

    Just want to mention Mao Asada who did tripleA in her every performance until she retired.

  • taeyeeol
    taeyeeol 2 aylar önce

    and people being able to move on an extremely slippery surface with two thin knife blades still stuns me :))))


    best part of the video? THE ZAMBONI IS COMING IT'S GONNA BE LOUD

  • SaltyBoi
    SaltyBoi 2 aylar önce

    try spinning, thats a good move

  • Mohammed Abolilah
    Mohammed Abolilah 2 aylar önce

    I haven't known anything about triple axel or figure skating until I saw the I tonya movie. It was amazing one.

  • Eumir Valverde
    Eumir Valverde 2 aylar önce

    That make me think about Mao Asada's magic: to put 2 triple axels in JUST ONE MINUTE of her free prog plus one more in the short and even landed one at the World junior with only 14 yrs ... such a genius

  • evefiamma
    evefiamma 2 aylar önce

    Thank you so much for this video, explaining the physics but also conveying the magic

  • Ryley BKGames
    Ryley BKGames 2 aylar önce +1

    A triple axel is a big deal... For WOMEN

  • S.Vermillion
    S.Vermillion 2 aylar önce

    Ohh look a Barbie...

  • spikes1210
    spikes1210 2 aylar önce

    video editing of every Vox video is spot on.

  • Josie Lee
    Josie Lee 2 aylar önce

    Who cares about Nancy. Tonya was feisty and beautiful.

  • SuperToastyToast
    SuperToastyToast 2 aylar önce +14

    I'm disliking this video not because of the content but the horrible editing.
    It took 4 minutes for us to see the triple axle with no interruption or edgy video editing.

  • j m
    j m 2 aylar önce +7

    can we just see a clip of the entire jump without slowing down, cutting away?

    • tanner1ie
      tanner1ie 2 aylar önce

      The following video shows the complete routine, while the channel it's on features plenty more of the skates featured in the new film I, Tonya (among others)...
      The background of which i've spent the last two plus hours reading about and watching videos such as it, despite never hearing about any of the people or events involved before seeing trailers for the film or even having watched a figure skating routine before watching the film today and the various clips on TRclips... :) .

  • Chuck Norris
    Chuck Norris 2 aylar önce

    I swear male skaters do triple axels all the time?

  • Drastick Rebel
    Drastick Rebel 2 aylar önce

    Cause it a 1080 on skates. Its not a mystery

  • Phoenix Rising
    Phoenix Rising 2 aylar önce

    Yawn. Like the Olympics.

  • Barbara 1
    Barbara 1 2 aylar önce


  • Asi Boy
    Asi Boy 2 aylar önce +4

    horribly edited video

  • Toast
    Toast 2 aylar önce

    This was just done by the best artist ever.. Rich Brian

  • jennifer wellman
    jennifer wellman 2 aylar önce

    Say what you will about Tonya, the fact is she ruled that maneuver. Not many women can say that they have, actually only one other. Because Tonya was the first....you can't take that away from her.

  • Trish Goodman
    Trish Goodman 2 aylar önce


  • Olympias
    Olympias 2 aylar önce

    This video serves one purpose: induce epileptic seizures!

  • Fried Rai
    Fried Rai 2 aylar önce

    Then there's Nathan Chen with 6 quads in his Olympic free skate... Too bad he messed up his short skate.

  • lordofentropy
    lordofentropy 2 aylar önce +31

    Showing the actual move in its entirety from start to finish at least once would've been nice instead of only a bit here and there.

  • Kenza Bensaid
    Kenza Bensaid 2 aylar önce

    You have a bad way to explain things

  • NIC and JESS
    NIC and JESS 2 aylar önce

    Oh my gosh! I don't even know how they do these things!!! Incredible! Hilarious triple axel reaction here! trclips.com/video/yYtxTuhcE1c/video.html&t=97s

  • Ruskin
    Ruskin 2 aylar önce

    This video isnt very helpful, is it?

  • Not Deyvid
    Not Deyvid 2 aylar önce

    Anyone else noticed they never showed the full jump and landing in it's completion