Figure skaters continue to push the athletic limits of the sport by attempting tougher jumps. Quadruple jumps were first introduced in the 1980’s and are becoming more and more prevalent in competition. Let’s take a deeper dive into the evolution of the quadruple jump.
American Nathan Chen attempted a record six quadruple jumps in his free skate routine in PyeongChang, South Korea, landing five of them clean.
American Vincent Zhou became the first skater to land a quad lutz at an Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
American Nathan Chen became the first skater to land five different types of quad jumps (toe loop, salchow, loop, flip and lutz) at various competitions.
Americans Tiffany Vise and Derek Trent became the first pair to land a quadruple salchow jump in international competition.
Japanese skater Miki Ando (center) landed the first ratified quadruple salchow in competition in her long program at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Slovenia.
Czech skater Petr Barna landed the first successful quad jump at an Olympics, winning the bronze medal in Albertville, France.
French skater Surya Bonaly became the first woman to land a quad jump in a major competition at the European Championships. She also attempted a quad salchow, but fell.
Canadian Kurt Browning landed the first ratified quad jump in competition at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on March 25, 1988.