Ilia Malinin, an American figure skater, created history on September 14 during the U.S. International Classic in Lake Placid, New York, when he executed the first quadruple axel in a competitive setting. Earlier this year, the 17-year-old won the World Junior Championship.
The only jump having a forward takeoff among the four in figure skating is the axel. Like the others, it landed backward, so that quad is actually making 4 1/2 rotations in the air.
All leaps, including the lutz, flip, loop, salchow, and toe loop, are now executed as quadruples in legitimate ISU-sanctioned competitions as a result of Malinin’s accomplishment.
At the most recent Winter Games, Japanese athlete Yuzuru Hanyu, a two-time Olympic champion, tried the quadruple axel, but the leap was under-rotated, and he fell while attempting to land it. Malinin claimed that part of Hanyu’s inspiration for trying it came from Hanyu’s effort.
“I’ve been considering trying it for a long. I really began to focus on the technique and try to refine it in March or April “Malinin declared. I was really motivated to try it here by Hanyu.
Malinin, who goes as “Quad God” on social media, was performing his free skate routine to Labrinth’s “Euphoria.” He included the quadruple axel early in the routine as a precaution to keep his legs fresh.
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. Malinin had a clean landing, according to the judges’ evaluations.
Figure skaters who are competing must perform two programmes. After the short programme, Malinin was in sixth place, but his free skate, also known as the long programme, earned him 185.44 points, which helped him win the gold medal. With a final score of 257.28 points, he earned himself a place in competition history.
Malinin admitted that practise and competition can feel very different even though he had already successfully executed the quadruple axel several times in practise.
It had a great feeling. When I practise it, it’s fairly simple for me to understand how to get the proper timing and execute it flawlessly,” Malinin said.
“To perform it in a competitive setting is a different matter because nerves and pressure can interfere with that. I must therefore act as though I am at home, which is comfortable.