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Adam Rippon Shines in Olympic Debut

12 February 2018

After all the hard work, Adam Rippon of Clarks Summit made his Olympic debut Sunday night.

Team USA celebrated a bronze medal win in team figure skating after Mirai Nagasu's historic triple axle, making her the first American woman to land the jump in Olympic competition.

Mirai Nagasu of the US competes. A first place finish at nationals put her back in the spotlight.

Nagasu now heads to the singles competition with the judges realizing she's in full possession of the most lethal weapon in women's skating.

"I like to start off the program with the triple axel because I like to be on fresh legs and I like to have a fresh start", Nagasu told Yahoo Sports before the Olympics. Triple Lutz-triple toe loop. In what amounted to a victory lap, she fell on a jump. Only two other Japanese skaters successfully completed the maneuver in the Games before Nagasu. She giggled to herself, which made her smile even broader.

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"We wanted to make sure one of us would beat the Russians in our events, and I'm so honored to have done it", Chan said.

Rippon's skate kept the Americans two points clear of Italy in the battle for the bronze medal.

Canada, which boasts the world's top ice dance pair, won gold.

Canadian skater Eric Radford won gold, making Radford the first openly gay athlete to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics, followed by Russian Federation who took silver. She didn't qualify for spot on the team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Rippon joined NBC host Mike Tirico for an interview during the prime time broadcast.

Rippon stressed, however, that he was taking the matter in stride. She was not among the three USA skaters chosen to compete in ladies singles in the 2014 Winter Olympics despite finishing third at the national championship.

Skating a stellar routine in the women's free skate portion of the team competition, Nagasu began with a clean triple Axel and then went on to nail eight other triple jumps, including a triple flip and triple Salchow combination as she helped America claim bronze. But by landing the axel she also got a headline and a memory. But Monday was her moment.

Japan's Midori Ito and Mao Asada also landed triple axels during the Olympics.

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Adam Rippon Shines in Olympic Debut