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

Malinin’s Quadruple Axel Performance Breaks Scoring Records in Figure Skating Championship

Figure skaters are renowned for their awe-inspiring maneuvers such as axels, lutzes, and salchows. These jumps and twists are the essence of their job, even for young children. Despite defying basic rules of nature and physics, they are able to execute these moves on ice while wearing boots with thin blades. The complexity of these maneuvers is further amplified by the addition of the term “quad,” which refers to a quadruple or four times.

The quadruple axel is considered one of the most terrifying leaps in figure skating, yet 19-year-old American skater Ilia Malinin managed to execute it six times to win the World Figure Skating Championship in Montreal. Malinin described his performance as one of the best skates of his life but also acknowledged that it could have gone disastrously wrong. His feat was described as jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, and gob-smacking by The Washington Post, breaking scoring records for the program. Malinin’s performance was set to the haunting soundtrack of “Succession,” creating a historic moment in figure skating that left fans watching in awe as he made history with his performance.

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