Japanese skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada are the only other women to successfully complete the triple axel at the Olympics.
Canada's team captains, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, tied the all-time record for most Olympic medals at four.
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In the women's free skate, American Mirai Nagasu had a personal-best 137.53 points, placing her in second.
During the figure skating team competition on Monday, the 24-year-old Mirai Nagasu became the first American in history to land a triple axel jump at the Olympics. The husband-and-wife pairs team of Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim placed fourth in their free skate on Sunday. Her successful attempt gave her the confidence to finish strong.
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And the issue of sexual enslavement of Korean women - euphemistically called "comfort women" - is one that continues to color the Japanese-Korean relationship.
Zagitova, the rising star from Russian Federation and current European champion, topped Nagasu's score by 20 points.
Nathan Chen performs in the men's short program.
At the conclusion of three days of competition at the PyeongChang Games, Team USA captured the bronze medal in the team figure skating event. That put her in first place after her skate.
"I'm so proud to be on this team", Rippon said on the NBC broadcast.
Heading into the competition, the United States sat in 3rd place behind 2nd place Olympic Athletes From Russia and 1st place Canada.