Why the triple axel is such a big deal

  • Опубликовано: 12 фев 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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Комментарии • 2 597

  • phishfearme2
    phishfearme2 5 часов назад

    the triple lindy is a much bigger deal

  • Ladiesman47100
    Ladiesman47100 11 часов назад

    What is the background music from 0:31 - 0:32 anyoneee ????

  • 21
    21 13 часов назад

    Lol the first guy did it in 1882 but, cool ?

  • Peter Walker
    Peter Walker 21 час назад

    So, all of that crap and you dont even show a triple axel being done? smh

  • PWNasaurusREX48
    PWNasaurusREX48 22 часа назад

    guys do quads

  • kiikat
    kiikat День назад

    You took 5 minutes to tell me that?

  • Gixxer983
    Gixxer983 День назад

    Changed my life... Hahaha

  • Justin Ly
    Justin Ly День назад

    “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 День назад

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

  • Chris Tran
    Chris Tran День назад

    I can do a triple tumble down the stairs.

  • Riding Stone
    Riding Stone День назад

    very poorly done subject. what a shame.

  • Bram Ruysch
    Bram Ruysch День назад

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

  • Renee Lee
    Renee Lee День назад

    Triple axel in one word: NOPE!

  • The Cheerios Spilled in Serendipity

    1:20 you're welcomed.

  • CurveTheRain
    CurveTheRain 2 дня назад

    Is it illegal to show the actual video or something 😒

  • Trent Bruch
    Trent Bruch 2 дня назад

    big ups to the mention of Street Fighter II

  • Tom Sowerby
    Tom Sowerby 2 дня назад

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

  • Debbie  Walker
    Debbie Walker 2 дня назад

    I love how they perform, totally awesome!!!

  • Mandeep Bhatia
    Mandeep Bhatia 2 дня назад

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

  • jose alvarado
    jose alvarado 2 дня назад

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

  • Debi Cop
    Debi Cop 2 дня назад

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

  • Prateek Sharma
    Prateek Sharma 2 дня назад

    Chazz Michael Michaels is figure skating.Boom!!!

  • Elvar Snær Ágústson
    Elvar Snær Ágústson 2 дня назад +1


  • A
    A 2 дня назад

    Interesting, too many cuts made it hard to watch.

  • Luca Floyd
    Luca Floyd 3 дня назад

    Great video! Keep it up!

  • Jooperduop
    Jooperduop 3 дня назад

    I know she got moves, but...

    _Dat ass..._

  • Jaime Gandarilla
    Jaime Gandarilla 3 дня назад

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

  • Max Polay
    Max Polay 3 дня назад

    This was frustrating to watch

  • frenchie5k
    frenchie5k 3 дня назад

    Then why did she club Nancy Kerrigan?

  • Amina Khan
    Amina Khan 3 дня назад

    Guys I can do a triple roll

  • Dillpickle 97
    Dillpickle 97 3 дня назад

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

  • Amy Francko & Sandra Bryant
    Amy Francko & Sandra Bryant 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад


  • Aria Cannon
    Aria Cannon 3 дня назад

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

  • Arif Sultan
    Arif Sultan 3 дня назад

    The video is unnecessarily long.

  • Justin Voss
    Justin Voss 3 дня назад

    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 3 дня назад

    I wish you would show the full jump

  • Jesus Garza
    Jesus Garza 3 дня назад

    why did i watch this???

  • harrymason666
    harrymason666 3 дня назад

    This video is so frustrating to watch.

  • Kupokeki
    Kupokeki 3 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

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

  • mycah panes
    mycah panes 4 дня назад +1

    skating videos are so satisfying to watch

  • Raymond
    Raymond 4 дня назад

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

  • Panos Georgoulas
    Panos Georgoulas 4 дня назад

    Triple cork is harder

  • Matteah A.B
    Matteah A.B 4 дня назад

    Too much editing and i dont like your face

  • victor noagbodji
    victor noagbodji 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

    most boring sport of them all...

  • john li
    john li 4 дня назад

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

  • tomnotloki
    tomnotloki 4 дня назад

    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 4 дня назад

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

  • Mr. W
    Mr. W 4 дня назад

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

  • Tyler's world
    Tyler's world 4 дня назад

    I get tired when i put socks on.

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson 5 дней назад

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

  • DJLocuaz
    DJLocuaz 5 дней назад

    Like my Facebook page facebook.com/SonidoSirius/

  • dougie odwyer
    dougie odwyer 5 дней назад

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

  • crankylifter
    crankylifter 5 дней назад

    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 5 дней назад

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

  • Ahimtar HoN
    Ahimtar HoN 5 дней назад

    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 5 дней назад

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

  • joni capo
    joni capo 5 дней назад

    amazing www.yko.io/BK00b

  • Eugene Lee
    Eugene Lee 5 дней назад

    WTF Bruce Wayne and Batman are the same person?

  • ramonypony
    ramonypony 5 дней назад

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

  • Jordan Shane
    Jordan Shane 5 дней назад

    What is this cancer editing

  • zonkster909
    zonkster909 5 дней назад

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

  • Conner koskela
    Conner koskela 5 дней назад

    (Insert blades of glory reference here)

  • Po A.
    Po A. 5 дней назад

    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 5 дней назад

    Doesn't even show the actual trick

  • Kitten_of_steel
    Kitten_of_steel 5 дней назад

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

  • Isaac Olander
    Isaac Olander 6 дней назад

    Just show us the jump

  • Verity Laurel
    Verity Laurel 6 дней назад

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

  • Brooke Leigh
    Brooke Leigh 6 дней назад

    And i can barely walk on even ground without falling over

  • Tithe3016
    Tithe3016 6 дней назад

    Shes my classmate AAHHH

  • Jarrel Brannon
    Jarrel Brannon 6 дней назад +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 6 дней назад

    We we're born to make history

  • duon44
    duon44 6 дней назад

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

  • roxo166
    roxo166 6 дней назад +1

    I can spin 3 times in 3 seconds!

  • incidentalist
    incidentalist 6 дней назад +1

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

  • Mochi Pichu
    Mochi Pichu 6 дней назад

    for Yuri on ice fans

  • BTS Army
    BTS Army 6 дней назад

    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 6 дней назад

    Isn't Kim Yuna the record breaker?

  • camelpissflavour
    camelpissflavour 6 дней назад

    i can do a quadruple axel

  • Skype Troubled
    Skype Troubled 6 дней назад

    MIrai Nagasu is JAPANESE :)

  • Clo Chu
    Clo Chu 6 дней назад

    Yet Yuzuru did triple Axel like it was so easy

  • GreyKnight Tarek
    GreyKnight Tarek 6 дней назад

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

  • Rangatira Ahau
    Rangatira Ahau 6 дней назад

    What does batman have to do with it?

  • Andrew 07
    Andrew 07 6 дней назад

    I can do a triple flop, big deal 😒

  • Mr Whiskers
    Mr Whiskers 6 дней назад


  • cute girl
    cute girl 6 дней назад +1

    Tonya harding ♡♡♡ chick can skate!

  • Alana Chansky
    Alana Chansky 7 дней назад

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

  • Alana Chansky
    Alana Chansky 7 дней назад

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

  • James Helou
    James Helou 7 дней назад

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

  • Jennifer Scott-Checki
    Jennifer Scott-Checki 7 дней назад

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

  • Sun Rise
    Sun Rise 7 дней назад

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

  • angelica mendez
    angelica mendez 7 дней назад

    My friend's name is Axel

  • GV
    GV 7 дней назад

    Who the hell cares?

  • boombapboom
    boombapboom 7 дней назад

    This did nothing for my understanding, smh.