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 • 2 699

    CHICKENLADY 12 часов назад

    1:22 I’m confused

  • Selena Books
    Selena Books 12 часов назад

    I can do a triple visit to the fridge.

  • alexander bakulin
    alexander bakulin 12 часов 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 3 дня назад


  • yuzuru hanyu
    yuzuru hanyu 5 дней назад

    quad are like 10times harder

  • small footprint
    small footprint 6 дней назад

    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 дней назад +1

    show me triple axel please

  • Parshipto
    Parshipto 7 дней назад +1

    where the triple axel

  • luisqsk
    luisqsk 7 дней назад +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 дней назад

    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 9 дней назад +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 10 дней назад +1

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

  • mano fiske
    mano fiske 11 дней назад

    The Asian chick is very quirky.

  • The Piper Report
    The Piper Report 11 дней назад

    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 дней назад

    Kimmie Meissner is shook by Vox's error.

  • Winnie Cho
    Winnie Cho 19 дней назад

    the background totally completes this video,so pleasing

  • Minna Christal
    Minna Christal 20 дней назад

    Sponsord by barbie

  • Myat Htoo
    Myat Htoo 20 дней назад

    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 день назад +1

    Girls are landing quad lutzes, those are harder.

  • Have An Ice Day
    Have An Ice Day 23 дня назад

    Physics into poetry

  • isa bel
    isa bel 25 дней назад

    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 дней назад

    The triple axel is the dark souls of skating

  • metalperslfx
    metalperslfx 27 дней назад

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

  • Alice li
    Alice li Месяц назад

    I can do a tripple fart 💩

  • Tirion
    Tirion Месяц назад +2

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

  • StewNWT
    StewNWT Месяц назад

    Wrong. Kimmie Meissner also landed a triple axel in competition

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 9 дней назад

      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 Месяц назад

    this is the worst explanation of anything. so many distractions

  • The Tiller Willer!!!
    The Tiller Willer!!! Месяц назад

    1:23 I have that Barbie ououtfitthe skates 😂

  • Mahmoud El Arch
    Mahmoud El Arch Месяц назад

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

  • ama deus
    ama deus Месяц назад

    The editing on this is really obnoxious

  • GoddessZUnique
    GoddessZUnique Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    I still don't get it

  • thewitchking84
    thewitchking84 Месяц назад

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

  • Isabella Williams
    Isabella Williams Месяц назад

    Wth!! Why Barbie!!

  • j lee
    j lee Месяц назад

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

  • souviendra
    souviendra Месяц назад

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

  • Hannah Clarissa Masilang
    Hannah Clarissa Masilang Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    America ruined her carrier

  • Maeve O'Neill
    Maeve O'Neill Месяц назад

    Now that a man has explained it I understand

  • Chase Lapierre
    Chase Lapierre Месяц назад

    Vox. With the world's hard hitting issues.

  • Mabel Pines
    Mabel Pines 2 месяца назад

    I watched Yuri on Ice so I know

  • Tomek janecki
    Tomek janecki 2 месяца назад

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

  • Lps Productions
    Lps Productions 2 месяца назад

    One word fickle

  • Weles Weles
    Weles Weles 2 месяца назад

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

  • Dizzle
    Dizzle 2 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад

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

  • Jeon Rosie
    Jeon Rosie 2 месяца назад

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

  • Benjamín Gómez
    Benjamín Gómez 2 месяца назад +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 месяца назад

    This gave chills! Crazy

  • heyras
    heyras 2 месяца назад

    name of the song at 2:45, anyone?

  • Gabriela Torres
    Gabriela Torres 2 месяца назад

    I can do a cartwheel

  • Fanny's LoA
    Fanny's LoA 2 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад

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

  • Fritz Wunderlich
    Fritz Wunderlich 2 месяца назад

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

  • Syafiq Norkhalim
    Syafiq Norkhalim 2 месяца назад +3

    Video could honestly have been 3mins long instead of 5

  • Anthony Urbanski
    Anthony Urbanski 2 месяца назад

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

    • Anthony Urbanski
      Anthony Urbanski 8 дней назад

      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 9 дней назад

      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 месяца назад +3

    This vid sucked

  • siukong
    siukong 2 месяца назад +19

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

  • Jair F.S
    Jair F.S 2 месяца назад

    So todays competitors still dont do this at all??

  • pagan _THE
    pagan _THE 2 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад +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 месяца назад

    Still a criminal

  • The World's Largest Cubic Zirconia
    The World's Largest Cubic Zirconia 2 месяца назад

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

  • Silver Purine
    Silver Purine 2 месяца назад

    Wow i really am average

  • Veronique Ramirez
    Veronique Ramirez 2 месяца назад

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

    • Bish Tomane
      Bish Tomane Месяц назад

      No, a Japanese skater, Midori Ito

  • Giovandy Fernando
    Giovandy Fernando 2 месяца назад

    meanwhile, shawn eckhardt thinks triple cheeseburger the real deal

  • Julia McAlister
    Julia McAlister 2 месяца назад

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

  • repairdrive
    repairdrive 2 месяца назад

    Tonya was a beast!

  • avismoon
    avismoon 2 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад

    rip ankles

  • M.M
    M.M 2 месяца назад

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

  • taeyeeol
    taeyeeol 2 месяца назад

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

    LEVI MOTHETFUCKING HEICHOU 2 месяца назад +1

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

  • SaltyBoi
    SaltyBoi 2 месяца назад

    try spinning, thats a good move

  • Mohammed Abolilah
    Mohammed Abolilah 2 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад

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

  • Ryley BKGames
    Ryley BKGames 2 месяца назад +1

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

  • S.Vermillion
    S.Vermillion 2 месяца назад

    Ohh look a Barbie...

  • spikes1210
    spikes1210 2 месяца назад

    video editing of every Vox video is spot on.

  • Josie Lee
    Josie Lee 2 месяца назад

    Who cares about Nancy. Tonya was feisty and beautiful.

  • SuperToastyToast
    SuperToastyToast 2 месяца назад +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 месяца назад +7

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

    • tanner1ie
      tanner1ie 2 месяца назад

      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 RUclip... :) .

  • Chuck Norris
    Chuck Norris 2 месяца назад

    I swear male skaters do triple axels all the time?

  • Drastick Rebel
    Drastick Rebel 2 месяца назад

    Cause it a 1080 on skates. Its not a mystery

  • Phoenix Rising
    Phoenix Rising 2 месяца назад

    Yawn. Like the Olympics.

  • Barbara 1
    Barbara 1 2 месяца назад


  • Asi Boy
    Asi Boy 2 месяца назад +4

    horribly edited video

  • Toast
    Toast 2 месяца назад

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

  • jennifer wellman
    jennifer wellman 2 месяца назад

    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 месяца назад


  • Olympias
    Olympias 2 месяца назад

    This video serves one purpose: induce epileptic seizures!

  • Fried Rai
    Fried Rai 2 месяца назад

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

  • lordofentropy
    lordofentropy 2 месяца назад +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 месяца назад

    You have a bad way to explain things

  • NIC and JESS
    NIC and JESS 2 месяца назад

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

  • Ruskin
    Ruskin 2 месяца назад

    This video isnt very helpful, is it?

  • Not Deyvid
    Not Deyvid 2 месяца назад

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