American Ilia Malinin Makes Figure Skating History By Landing First Quad Axel

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On September 14, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, American figure skater Ilia Malinin performed the first quadruple axel in competitive skating history.

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Earlier this year, the 17-year-old won the World Junior Championship. According to a press release from U.S. Figure Skating, Malinin commented, "It felt really fantastic."

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"It's quite simple for me to figure out how to have the appropriate timing and everything to have it be a solid try while I'm practising it.

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It's a different situation when you're competing since the pressure and nerves can interfere with your performance.

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The only quadruple leap that had not yet been landed in competition, the quad axel, was thought to be the next big thing.

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Malinin, who goes as "Quad God" on social media, was performing his free skate routine to Labrinth's "Euphoria."

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The quadruple axel is a very valuable component because of its difficulty. It has an execution grade of 1.00 and a base value of 12.50 points.

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After his short programme, Malinin was in sixth place, but his free skate got him 185.44 points, which helped him win the gold medal.

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With a final score of 257.28 points, he earned himself a place in competition history.

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Malinin, who won the 2022 junior world championships by a big margin despite just being 17 years old, will be a name to know before the Milan Winter Olympics in 2026.

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