Ilia Malinin

Quad God

Ilia Malinin (USA) opened his gold medal-winning Free Skate with a spectacular quadruple Axel © ISU

ISU World Junior Figure Skating Champion Ilia Malinin (USA) jumped into sports history by landing the first quadruple Axel in competition at the U.S. International Classic in Lake Placid (USA) on September 14, 2022.

The 17-year-old added the last missing jump to the quad arsenal – now all of the Figure Skating jumps Axel, Lutz, flip, loop, Salchow and toeloop have been performed as quadruples in an official ISU sanctioned competition. As the Axel is the only jump with a forward take-off, a quadruple has actually four and a half revolutions.

Yuzuru Hanyu

Ice Prince

Called one of the greatest figure skaters in history, Hanyu is the first men’s singles skater to achieve a Super Slam, having won all major competitions in both his senior and junior careers. He has broken world records nineteen times. He is the first man to have received over 100 points in the men’s short program, over 200 points in the men’s free skate, and over 300 total points in competition. He became the first man to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals since Button’s back-to-back titles in 1948 and 1952. At the 2016 CS Autumn Classic International, Hanyu became the first skater in history to successfully land a quadruple loop in a competition. On July 19, 2022, Hanyu announced his decision to turn professional and “step away” from competitive figure skating after a 12-year senior career, marking “the end of an era”.