Rena Inoue and John Baldwin were in 3rd place and in jeopardy of not making the Olympic Team at the 2006 U.S. National Championships. They needed a strong performance to earn a spot on the Olympic Team...even stronger one to win.
The program started well, they hit their side-by-side jumps, split twist, and throw triple loop. They were skating with great speed and the lifts looked great. Deep in their program they took a deep breath, relaxed their timing, and BAM! A beautiful throw triple axel!
The crowd screamed with excitement and for a brief moment everyone was on their feet! The crowd was simply buzzing after that stunning achievement. Not only did they make the Olympic Team, they regained their title and went on to become the first team to land a successful throw triple axel at the Olympics in Torino!