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Kamila Valieva made history in the figure skating event with her quadruple jump. Photo: Olympics
Kamila Valieva made history in figure skating with her quadruple jump. Photo: Olympics

Russian figure skater performs the first quadruple jump in Olympics history

At only 15 years old, Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva made history in the figure skating event by completing a quadruple jump.

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On Monday, Feb 7, Kamila Valieva, a 15-year-old Russian figure skater, made history by completing the first quadruple jump by a woman in the figure skating event of an Olympic competition. This feat, which she achieved during the Beijing 2022 Games, earned her the gold medal in the team event for the delegation representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

The young skater opened her routine with a 'quad salchow' and followed it with the difficult triple 'axel' before landing another 'quad,' this time a 'toe loop' in combination with a triple 'toe loop.' Not even a fall in the second part of Valieva's program could overshadow her victory and slow the cheers that erupted after her performance.

"We'll be talking about this moment for the next 100 years," NBC Olympics commentator Tara Lipinski said during the broadcast of the event.

"I'm very happy to have landed two quadruple jumps and a triple 'axel,'" said Valieva, who led the qualifying round with a score of 178.92, ahead of Japanese runner-up Kaori Sakamoto (148.66).

Even with the excellent score, Valieva was unable to break her world free skating record of 185.29, achieved at the Rostelecom Cup in Sochi in November. However, it did allow the Russian team to take the lead with a total of 74 points, beating the United States at 65 pts and Japan with 63.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov, COR president, applauded Valieva's performance as his teammates shouted "well done" from their box.

"We hope that the falls that occurred today in the free skate will not be repeated in the other events," Pozdnyakov said. "Kamila always draws special attention from spectators from home and abroad. She always bears more responsibility."

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