Watch an American Figure Skater Win the World Championships in a Captivating Performance – Reported by Mother Jones

Breaking Gravity: How Figure Skaters Achieve Impossible Quadruple Jumps

Figure skaters are renowned for their remarkable moves such as axels, lutzes, and salchows. Even young children must master these jumps and twists to become proficient in the sport. However, it defies the fundamental laws of nature and physics to execute these maneuvers on ice while wearing boots with thin blades. The complexity of these maneuvers is further extended with the addition of the term “quad,” which refers to a quadruple or four times.

The quadruple axel is considered one of the most challenging leaps in figure skating, yet 19-year-old American skater Ilia Malinin managed to perform it six times to win the World Figure Skating Championship in Montreal. Malinin described it as one of the best skates of his life but also acknowledged that it could have gone disastrously wrong.

The Washington Post described Malinin’s performance as jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and gob-smacking, breaking scoring records for the program. His performance was set to the haunting soundtrack of “Succession,” creating a historic moment in figure skating. This feat of athleticism and skill left fans watching in awe as Malinin made history with his performance.

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