Figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American to land the triple axel during the team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang on Monday. Nagasu was awarded a technical score of 73.38 and also helped the US team claim bronze.
The 24-year-old landed the triple axel and became the third woman in Olympic history to achieve the feat. The only other women to achieve it in the Olympics were Japanese skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada.
The triple axel is said to be one of the most difficult manoeuvres in skating. Only two Americans have ever managed to land one at a competitive event was Tonya Harding in 1991 and Kimmie Meissner in 2005.
Nagasu competed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver but wasn’t selected for the 2014 Sochi Games. “I feel really great,” she said after her performance. “Going into it, I was like a train, get on those tracks and get some speed. To nail it the way I did – and even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my team mates standing in excitement. Maybe it’s the Japanese genetics – but lucky for me I’m American, so I’ll be the first US lady,” she said after her performance.
The story behind the universally favoured colour - blue.
It was sought after by many artists. It was searched for in the skies and deep oceans. It was the colour blue. Found rarely as a pigment in nature, it was once more precious than gold. It was only after the discovery of a semi-precious rock, lapis lazuli, that Egyptians could extract this rare pigment.
For centuries, lapis lazuli was the only source of Ultramarine, a colour whose name translated to ‘beyond the sea’. The challenges associated with importing the stone made it exclusive to the Egyptian kingdom. The colour became commonly available only after the invention of a synthetic alternative known as ‘French Ultramarine’.
It’s no surprise that this rare colour that inspired artists in the 1900s, is still regarded as the as the colour of innovation in the 21st century. The story of discovery and creation of blue symbolizes attaining the unattainable.
It took scientists decades of trying to create the elusive ‘Blue Rose’. And the fascination with blue didn’t end there. When Sir John Herschel, the famous scientist and astronomer, tried to create copies of his notes; he discovered ‘Cyanotype’ or ‘Blueprints’, an invention that revolutionized architecture. The story of how a rugged, indigo fabric called ‘Denim’ became the choice for workmen in newly formed America and then a fashion sensation, is known to all. In each of these instances of breakthrough and innovation, the colour blue has had a significant influence.
In 2009, the University of British Columbia, conducted tests with 600 participants to see how cognitive performance varies when people see red or blue. While the red groups did better on recall and attention to detail, blue groups did better on tests requiring invention and imagination. The study proved that the colour blue boosts our ability to think creatively; reaffirming the notion that blue is the colour of innovation.
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