Why the triple axel is such a big deal

  • Опубликовано: 12 фев 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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Комментарии • 2 862

  • anon anon
    anon anon День назад

    Just show the thing ffs!!!

  • Jeffrey Cruz
    Jeffrey Cruz 2 дня назад

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

  • Jashak
    Jashak 3 дня назад

    1:32 there you go

  • fizziestix
    fizziestix 3 дня назад

    bc it's hard

  • Diana Day
    Diana Day 4 дня назад +1

    I tried that and I died.

  • Doll Face
    Doll Face 6 дней назад

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

  • atikah rostam
    atikah rostam 7 дней назад

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

  • marco rabi
    marco rabi 8 дней назад

    I can do a teabagging


  • Ahmed Al Hijji
    Ahmed Al Hijji 10 дней назад

    Watching the movie I' Tonya made me watch this

  • Anime Lord
    Anime Lord 20 дней назад

    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 20 дней назад

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

  • proluca
    proluca 23 дня назад

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

  • Mietta R
    Mietta R Месяц назад

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

  • JJ Kern
    JJ Kern Месяц назад +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 Месяц назад +8

    I know less about the triple axel after watching this.

  • MadamKilay
    MadamKilay Месяц назад +2

    Good thing I watched Yuri On Ice

    QUARTERMASTER_EMI6 Месяц назад

    Triple axle - _Historical._ It brilliantly is!

  • A 1
    A 1 Месяц назад

    Still underwhelming compared to men’s figure skating

    DR ROME Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

      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 Месяц назад +3


  • Glen Coco
    Glen Coco Месяц назад +2

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

  • Gloria Castro
    Gloria Castro 2 месяца назад

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

  • Andi Irmayanti
    Andi Irmayanti 2 месяца назад

    The editing is so annoying

  • George Calm
    George Calm 2 месяца назад +1

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

  • Eduardo Louis
    Eduardo Louis 2 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад +1

    Wtf was with the Barbie😂😂😂😂😂

  • clickbait-
    clickbait- 2 месяца назад

    _i’m_ batman

  • Mae Eliz
    Mae Eliz 2 месяца назад

    This editing is so bad

  • Jesse H
    Jesse H 2 месяца назад

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

  • Eliza Gaskell
    Eliza Gaskell 3 месяца назад

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

  • jerome2022
    jerome2022 3 месяца назад

    She didnt attack anybody blame the criminals please!

  • down boy
    down boy 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    I can do a triple axle upside-down 🙃

  • CrrdHrz
    CrrdHrz 3 месяца назад

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

  • sonichuizcool
    sonichuizcool 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

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

  • Madie ferr
    Madie ferr 4 месяца назад

    Physics to poetry

  • Not Emma
    Not Emma 4 месяца назад

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

  • amethyst_scent
    amethyst_scent 4 месяца назад

    Tf is this editing

  • Genna Lotza
    Genna Lotza 4 месяца назад


    ᎶᎾLDᎽ 4 месяца назад +1


  • Richard Hawkins
    Richard Hawkins 4 месяца назад

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

  • Lubid
    Lubid 4 месяца назад


  • Matthew S Halim
    Matthew S Halim 4 месяца назад

    I. Tonya

  • JiTiAr35
    JiTiAr35 4 месяца назад

    The iron lotus is more difficult.

  • Fernando Ramoa
    Fernando Ramoa 4 месяца назад

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

  • Steven Sitzman
    Steven Sitzman 4 месяца назад +1

    Just show the dang move.

  • h2olover 9118
    h2olover 9118 4 месяца назад

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

  • Al Fa
    Al Fa 4 месяца назад

    The editing is giving me a headache

    • Tien
      Tien Месяц назад


  • saura
    saura 4 месяца назад

    Whoever edited this video is retarded

  • Liam H
    Liam H 4 месяца назад +1

    You're Welcome.

  • Scientific Humanist
    Scientific Humanist 5 месяцев назад +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 5 месяцев назад

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

  • The Last and One
    The Last and One 5 месяцев назад

    Poor Tonya, fooking court....

  • Emma G
    Emma G 5 месяцев назад

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

  • brih Mendiola
    brih Mendiola 5 месяцев назад

    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 5 месяцев назад

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

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 5 месяцев назад

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

    • Tien
      Tien Месяц назад

      I was looking for this comment lol

    • Sydney M
      Sydney M 5 месяцев назад

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

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 5 месяцев назад

    Yuri on ice...

  • Lisa Mari Arellanes
    Lisa Mari Arellanes 5 месяцев назад

    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 5 месяцев назад

    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 5 месяцев назад

    Who edited this? It's so good

  • LAZ Z
    LAZ Z 5 месяцев назад

    Annoying video.

  • AvatarTTfan
    AvatarTTfan 5 месяцев назад

    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
    Alexandrina Phénix dit Dauphinais 5 месяцев назад

    Consider the following: Quadruple axle

  • Dazie Diamond
    Dazie Diamond 5 месяцев назад

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

  • maya q
    maya q 5 месяцев назад

    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 RUclip need for attention syndrome

  • Aymaan .T
    Aymaan .T 5 месяцев назад +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 6 месяцев назад

    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 3 месяца назад

      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 6 месяцев назад

      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 6 месяцев назад

      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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • NS
    NS 6 месяцев назад

    Would have liked to hear from Tonya and Midori Ito.

  • Park Jimin is my light
    Park Jimin is my light 6 месяцев назад

    You didn't land this edit.

  • Alejandro Gil Hernandez
    Alejandro Gil Hernandez 6 месяцев назад

    I need the soundtrack used in this video, please.

  • Rachel Wharton
    Rachel Wharton 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    Kimmie Meisner

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 3 месяца назад

      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 6 месяцев назад

    Tonya Harding turned it and deserves more credit.

  • Pepins Spot
    Pepins Spot 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад +1

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

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 3 месяца назад

      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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Rajiv Jadhav
    Rajiv Jadhav 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • fb1993
    fb1993 6 месяцев назад

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

    GOD CREATES 6 месяцев назад

    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 6 месяцев назад

    She had batman

  • Ivan Najakov
    Ivan Najakov 6 месяцев назад

    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?

  • SupItzLulu_
    SupItzLulu_ 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Canada
    Canada 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Taylor Jean
    Taylor Jean 7 месяцев назад

    0:21 gymnopedie omg ❤️❤️

  • Alisha L
    Alisha L 7 месяцев назад

    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.

  • Ms Izzy
    Ms Izzy 7 месяцев назад

    I disliked because of that dumb ending

  • Juliann Yall
    Juliann Yall 7 месяцев назад


  • Rebecca Patch
    Rebecca Patch 7 месяцев назад

    Mirai 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓

  • 1besieged
    1besieged 7 месяцев назад +1

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

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 3 месяца назад

      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 7 месяцев назад

    Nice job tonya!

  • Flarecoils 157
    Flarecoils 157 7 месяцев назад

    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 8 месяцев назад

    1:22 I’m confused

  • Selena Books
    Selena Books 8 месяцев назад

    I can do a triple visit to the fridge.

  • alexander bakulin
    alexander bakulin 8 месяцев назад

    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 8 месяцев назад


  • yuzuru hanyu
    yuzuru hanyu 8 месяцев назад

    quad are like 10times harder