Kamila Valieva

Watch: Figure Skater Kamila Valieva, 15, Lands Triple Axel at Olympics

Valieva is just the fourth woman to ever land the jump at a Winter Olympics

Kamila Valieva, of the Russian Olympic Committee during the Team Event Women Single Skating Short Program on day two of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China on Feb. 6, 2022. Fifteen-year-old Valieva became the fourth women ever to land a triple axel, making olympic history.
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One of the youngest Olympians competing in the 2022 Winter Games stole the show at the figure skating team event on Saturday night.

During the women's short program, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva of the Russian Olympic Committee became just the fourth woman to ever land a triple axel at the Winter Olympics.

American Mirai Nagasu was the most recent woman to complete the jump at an Olympics, doing so at the 2018 PyeongChang Games.

Valieva earned a score of 90.18, just barely shy of the 90.45 short program world record she owns, and crushed the rest of the competition. The second-place finisher, Japan's Wakaba Higuchi, trailed Valieva by more than 15 points.

All of that at age 15.

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By winning the short program, Valieva provided the ROC with 10 points to overtake the United States for first in the team event. The ROC holds a three-point lead over Team USA entering the final day of the event.

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