Why the triple axel is such a big deal

  • Dipublikasikan tanggal 12 Peb 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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Komentar • 2 862

  • anon anon
    anon anon 4 hari yang lalu

    Just show the thing ffs!!!

  • Jeffrey Cruz
    Jeffrey Cruz 4 hari yang lalu

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

  • Jashak
    Jashak 5 hari yang lalu

    1:32 there you go

  • fizziestix
    fizziestix 6 hari yang lalu

    bc it's hard

  • Diana Day
    Diana Day 7 hari yang lalu +1

    I tried that and I died.

  • Doll Face
    Doll Face 9 hari yang lalu

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

  • atikah rostam
    atikah rostam 10 hari yang lalu

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

  • marco rabi
    marco rabi 10 hari yang lalu

    I can do a teabagging


  • Ahmed Al Hijji
    Ahmed Al Hijji 13 hari yang lalu

    Watching the movie I' Tonya made me watch this

  • Anime Lord
    Anime Lord 23 hari yang lalu

    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 23 hari yang lalu

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

  • proluca
    proluca 26 hari yang lalu

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

  • Mietta R
    Mietta R Bulan Yang lalu

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

  • JJ Kern
    JJ Kern Bulan Yang lalu +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 Bulan Yang lalu +9

    I know less about the triple axel after watching this.

  • MadamKilay
    MadamKilay Bulan Yang lalu +2

    Good thing I watched Yuri On Ice

    QUARTERMASTER_EMI6 Bulan Yang lalu

    Triple axle - _Historical._ It brilliantly is!

  • A 1
    A 1 Bulan Yang lalu

    Still underwhelming compared to men’s figure skating

    DR ROME Bulan Yang lalu

    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 Bulan Yang lalu

      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 2 bulan yang lalu +3


  • Glen Coco
    Glen Coco 2 bulan yang lalu +2

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

  • Gloria Castro
    Gloria Castro 2 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Andi Irmayanti
    Andi Irmayanti 2 bulan yang lalu

    The editing is so annoying

  • George Calm
    George Calm 2 bulan yang lalu +1

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

  • Eduardo Louis
    Eduardo Louis 2 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu +1

    Wtf was with the Barbie😂😂😂😂😂

  • clickbait-
    clickbait- 2 bulan yang lalu

    _i’m_ batman

  • Mae Eliz
    Mae Eliz 2 bulan yang lalu

    This editing is so bad

  • Jesse H
    Jesse H 2 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Eliza Gaskell
    Eliza Gaskell 3 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    She didnt attack anybody blame the criminals please!

  • down boy
    down boy 3 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    I can do a triple axle upside-down 🙃

  • CrrdHrz
    CrrdHrz 3 bulan yang lalu

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

  • sonichuizcool
    sonichuizcool 4 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Madie ferr
    Madie ferr 4 bulan yang lalu

    Physics to poetry

  • Not Emma
    Not Emma 4 bulan yang lalu

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

  • amethyst_scent
    amethyst_scent 4 bulan yang lalu

    Tf is this editing

  • Genna Lotza
    Genna Lotza 4 bulan yang lalu


    ᎶᎾLDᎽ 4 bulan yang lalu +1


  • Richard Hawkins
    Richard Hawkins 4 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Lubid
    Lubid 4 bulan yang lalu


  • Matthew S Halim
    Matthew S Halim 4 bulan yang lalu

    I. Tonya

  • JiTiAr35
    JiTiAr35 4 bulan yang lalu

    The iron lotus is more difficult.

  • Fernando Ramoa
    Fernando Ramoa 4 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Steven Sitzman
    Steven Sitzman 4 bulan yang lalu +1

    Just show the dang move.

  • h2olover 9118
    h2olover 9118 4 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Al Fa
    Al Fa 4 bulan yang lalu

    The editing is giving me a headache

    • Tien
      Tien 2 bulan yang lalu


  • saura
    saura 5 bulan yang lalu

    Whoever edited this video is retarded

  • Liam H
    Liam H 5 bulan yang lalu +1

    You're Welcome.

  • Scientific Humanist
    Scientific Humanist 5 bulan yang lalu +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 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    Poor Tonya, fooking court....

  • Emma G
    Emma G 5 bulan yang lalu

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

  • brih Mendiola
    brih Mendiola 5 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

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

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 5 bulan yang lalu

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

    • Tien
      Tien 2 bulan yang lalu

      I was looking for this comment lol

    • Sydney M
      Sydney M 5 bulan yang lalu

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

  • You're A Hypocrite
    You're A Hypocrite 5 bulan yang lalu

    Yuri on ice...

  • Lisa Mari Arellanes
    Lisa Mari Arellanes 5 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    Who edited this? It's so good

  • LAZ Z
    LAZ Z 5 bulan yang lalu

    Annoying video.

  • AvatarTTfan
    AvatarTTfan 5 bulan yang lalu

    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 5 bulan yang lalu

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

  • maya q
    maya q 5 bulan yang lalu

    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 IDclips need for attention syndrome

  • Aymaan .T
    Aymaan .T 6 bulan yang lalu +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 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

      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 bulan yang lalu

      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 bulan yang lalu

      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 bulan yang lalu

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

  • NS
    NS 6 bulan yang lalu

    Would have liked to hear from Tonya and Midori Ito.

  • Park Jimin is my light
    Park Jimin is my light 6 bulan yang lalu

    You didn't land this edit.

  • Alejandro Gil Hernandez
    Alejandro Gil Hernandez 6 bulan yang lalu

    I need the soundtrack used in this video, please.

  • Rachel Wharton
    Rachel Wharton 6 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    Kimmie Meisner

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 3 bulan yang lalu

      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 bulan yang lalu

    Tonya Harding turned it and deserves more credit.

  • Pepins Spot
    Pepins Spot 6 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu +1

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

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 3 bulan yang lalu

      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 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Rajiv Jadhav
    Rajiv Jadhav 6 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

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

  • fb1993
    fb1993 6 bulan yang lalu

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

    GOD CREATES 6 bulan yang lalu

    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 7 bulan yang lalu

    She had batman

  • Ivan Najakov
    Ivan Najakov 7 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Canada
    Canada 7 bulan yang lalu

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

  • Taylor Jean
    Taylor Jean 7 bulan yang lalu

    0:21 gymnopedie omg ❤️❤️

  • Alisha L
    Alisha L 7 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    I disliked because of that dumb ending

  • Juliann Yall
    Juliann Yall 7 bulan yang lalu


  • Rebecca Patch
    Rebecca Patch 7 bulan yang lalu

    Mirai 💓💓💓💓💓💓💓

  • 1besieged
    1besieged 7 bulan yang lalu +1

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

    • lsr asr
      lsr asr 3 bulan yang lalu

      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 bulan yang lalu

    Nice job tonya!

  • Flarecoils 157
    Flarecoils 157 7 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu

    1:22 I’m confused

  • Selena Books
    Selena Books 8 bulan yang lalu

    I can do a triple visit to the fridge.

  • alexander bakulin
    alexander bakulin 8 bulan yang lalu

    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 bulan yang lalu


  • yuzuru hanyu
    yuzuru hanyu 8 bulan yang lalu

    quad are like 10times harder