Listen: Simone Biles, United States, Elissa Lou discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"It can any year be any one of six. And so what's the explanation for why girls and women are able to do these jumps now in terms of technique is at better coaching is that that one person figured it out? And that knowledge kind of percolated around the world. There's definitely a sense figure skating where if somebody doesn't mean one year five people will pull it out the next year. And last year was really there have been a couple of breakthrough years for triple axels. But last year was really a big year for triple axels Ryan gossip who is not forefoot seven did it for the United States the Olympics. And you have a bunch of triple X was coming out of Japan and Russia and now the United States women's figure skating. Again this year. So they they seem to be proliferating and tell us why the triple axels is so difficult short version is that every figure skating jump is one revolution apart from the axle, which is one and a half revolutions because it takes off from the front so a triple X three revolutions in the three and a half revolutions in the air, and gymnastics Simone biles is the greatest because she can do things that other gymnast can't do. But she's also the greatest because sort of as you were alluding to. She does things and then other Jim Hissar able to do it maybe a year or two later, and I don't know if it's a psychological thing where there's some sense that this thing can't be done. And then when somebody proves that it can be done than the floodgates opened. Do you think that's part of it? Dick back coversation about him being the first guy to do a triple loop. And how he broke the trip while bro, the triple barrier with the triple loop, and then the next year everybody Russia shut Jaeger of some scary thing like that vis funny mentioned smoke byles because I wrote a cautionary piece pouts. Ramon byles in gush twenty fifty maybe saying the trouble with getting excited about Simone biles. Stop me. If you've heard this woman before is that she has to be this good in two thousand sixteen which in her case was the Olympic year. And that's a really hard thing to do. And of course, Simone biles because she smiles absolutely did that. So I don't have to pour cold, Melissa. She might be the stone biles. Do we have a clip Stephan of Elissa Lou crying after her amazing performance in the free skate? Absolutely. We do. That's what for. For her to become her go free skate one hundred forty three point six. Two hundred seventeen point five one. Currently. Number.."