Tonya Harding Triple Axel First Time 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Watch figure skater Tonya Harding become the first woman to complete a triple axel in competition. The distinguishing moment happened on February 16, 1991 at the National Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was the defining (positive) moment of Tonya Harding's skating career. The announcers express their excitement over the triple axel as Harding's satisfaction with her achievement is clearly visible. She won the competition after becoming the first American female skater to be awarded a 6.0 for technical merit. Related Article: I, Tonya: History vs. Hollywood

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