his weekend, American skater Mirai Nagasu made Olympic history when she became the third woman ever to land a triple axel in an Olympic competition. To understand how hard this is, Holly Yan of CNN explains, that though “the axel jump was first invented in 1882… it took more than 90 years for the first man to land a triple Axel. And it wasn’t until 1991 that the first American woman landed a triple Axel.”
So basically, Nagasu did the impossible.
In celebration of Nagasu’s stunning and rare feat, here are seven of the rarest Olympic feats ever.
1. Montreal 1976 – Nadia Comaneci scores a perfect 10
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci was just 14 years old when she did something no one else had ever done before. She scored perfect 10 performances on the uneven bars and balance beams.
The feat was so stunning, the scoreboard couldn’t register it because it simply wasn’t technically equipped to handle such a feat.
Then she did it again, and again – six more times as she won three gold medals. She later became the first person to be awarded the Olympic Order twice, which was the highest order bestowed by the International Olympic Committee.
Nadia Comaneci – icon.
2. Beijing 2008 – Usain Bolt slows down
Has there ever been a more aptly named Olympian than Usain St Leo Bolt? The Jamaican sprinter smashed world records when he dashed to victory in the 100 meters at 9.6 seconds.
Bolt was so fast, he actually slowed down and began celebrating while his competitors huffed and puffed to keep up.
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