Quad axel. It sounds like the underside of an engine in motor sports or an all-weather utility vehicle, but this week is all about winter sports and so here we are knowing more than we ever thought we would need to know about a quad axelto be needing to go to hospital or an ambulance to be called. So it, the hardest jump in figure skating. The point is, no one’s ever done one. Or at least not in competition.
American Nathan Chen, born to Chinese immigrant parents, has been the most dominant skater in the last few years with three world titles in the last three yearsThe page on 2021, here, and duly won his first Olympic gold in Beijing this week. He blew away his competitors by landing five different quad jumpsJason Kenney lays out plan for. But he didn’t do the quad axel.
Chen’s biggest rival was Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu, who was going for a third consecutive Olympic gold. The only way to beat Chen was to do a quad axel. So he did one, landed on his bum, twice, and finished fourth.
As you all know, there are six jumps in skating: the axel, flip, Lutz, loop, toe loop, and Salchow. The axel is the most difficult because it is the only jump where a skater begins facing forward, which is how we all know they are about to do one, and involves an extra half twist so they land skating backwardsd be looking at as temporary measure?. It is named after the Norwegian skater Axel Paulsen, who first did it in Vienna in 1882 at figure skating’s first ever international competition. No one’s ever done one while spinning round four and a half times.