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.
Nagasu's feat and Gershwin's classic trended on Twitter on an evening which mostly featured traditional and instrumental music.
"I train with Mirai and I see how hard she works", Scimeca-Knierim said, "and I would want nothing more than for her to be on her game and to be absolutely ideal like she was, and today when the clock was nearly hitting 30 seconds, I was like, 'I'm not going to let her lose a point for that".
Her skate helped put Team USA on the podium for a bronze medal in the mixed team final.
Today, one of our favorite gay Olympians, Adam Rippon skated for Team USA during the team figure skating event.
"I said this is my opportunity to get my feet wet on the Olympic ice", Rippon said.
"If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I'm finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation", Rippon said. "To nail it the way I did - and even out of the corner of my eye, I could see my team mates standing in excitement". Basically, she's just about as good as them come!
A triple axel actually requires three-and-a-half rotations in the air rather than the three rotations in ever other triple jump. Rippon, needing to outduel Matteo Rizzo, left no doubts while outscoring the Italian, 172.98-156.11. He crashed while attempting the only quadruple jump of his free skate and then badly mangled two other jumps before finishing his fourth-place effort humbled and with his head hanging. And I might miss every element in my program.' But I said: 'You know what? Mirai became the first American woman, and the third ever in history, to complete a triple axel in the games!
She began skating at the age of five and idolized two-time Olympic medalist and skater Michelle Kwan.