What is a quad in ice skating? Kamila Valieva’s historic jumps at the Beijing Olympics – NBC New York

Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva has made Olympic history as the first woman, aged just 15, to land not just one but two quad jumps at the Winter Games.

For many ice skating enthusiasts, Valieva’s free skate in the women’s team event is something they’ll be talking about “for the next 100 years,” as NBC commentator Tara Lapinski noted, but… exactly is a quad jump?

Simply put, a quad or quadruple in ice skating is when the skater jumps in the air and spins at least four times. This is a high risk move as the skaters must go full power and execute the turns flawlessly to get the high technical point reward.

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Valieva’s historic first jump was a quadruple salchow in which she took off into the air with the back inside edge of one foot and landed beautifully on the back outside edge of the opposite foot.

The young skater then successfully landed a quad toe loop in combination with a triple toe loop and became the first woman to land two quads at the Winter Olympics.

She also could have been the first woman to land three quads but fell on her third attempt. However, that didn’t matter as she helped her team win the gold medal — her first gold medal in Beijing.

The ROC athlete also became the fourth woman to land a triple axel in Winter Olympics history. Click here to watch her jump.

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