Seventeen-year-old Malinin was the first figure skater to jump an axel in competition

Seventeen-year-old Malinin was the first figure skater to jump an axel in competition
Seventeen-year-old Malinin was the first figure skater to jump an axel in competition

On social media, Malinin shared videos of himself attempting an unusual dive, during which he has to twist and turn around his axis.

When I do it, it’s pretty easy for me to figure out how to get the timing right and give things a good shot. First of all, it’s a different situation in a fight, because you have nerves and you’re under pressure, what to throw at you. So I approached it as if I were at home, and I had a good feeling about it, he described for the national association the jump that can be seen on social media.

He was not the first to attempt this element. At the Winter Games in Beijing, two-time Olympic champion Juzuru Hanju from Japan tried to enter him, but failed. He definitely inspired me to try it here. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. In March or April, I started working on the technique and tried to stick it, said the talented figure skater.

Malinin is considered a future big star not only of American figure skating. Last season, he finished second in the national championship, but did not make it to the Olympic team. Experienced Jason Brown, who was fourth at the US Championship, got the lead. Malinin then competed in the spring at the world championships and finished ninth in his debut at the top event.

The article is in Czech

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