Midori Ito of Japan is the 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist, 1989 World Champion, and the first woman to land a triple axel at the Olympic Games.
She is also the reason that 4-year-old me would jump around my family’s living room, asking people to “watch me do a triple accident!”
In the early 90s, I loved watching skating on TV with my mom—Midori, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Nancy Kerrigan. I also apparently had some sort of hearing comprehension problem, mistaking Midori’s axels for “accidents.”
For this week’s Flashback Friday, let’s return to Midori’s 1992 Olympic free skate. I loved watching this as a young kid, but can appreciate it even more now. She missed her planned triple axel at the beginning of the program, but threw another one in during the last minute of the program and nailed it. What guts! Take a look: