The record base cost of elements in the short program was set by Ilia Malinin.
Today the American figure skater presented his performance in the Grand Prix Final in Beijing. According to the protocol, the base value amounted to 50.60 points, which exceeds the previous record (49.87) set by American Nathan Chen at the Olympics-2022.
Malinin successfully performed a quadruple axel, a quadruple lutz – triple tulup cascade and a triple axel in his performance. His score in the short program was 106.90 points, which led to his victory.
Ilia Malinin said that the inspiration for his quadruple axel was Yuzuru Hanyu’s performance.
Today at the Grand Prix Final in Beijing, American figure skater Malinin successfully presented this element in his short program. He shared his feelings, saying: “I feel a special connection between Beijing and the quadruple axel. It was here that Yuzuru Hanyu introduced this jump at the Olympics and I had an incredible feeling today.”
Malinin also emphasized the importance of Hanyu for figure skating, adding, “When Yuzuru introduced this element at the Olympics, it made a great contribution to our sport. Everyone realized that it was possible. It was a great motivation for me and I realized that I too could meet this challenge.”
Speaking alongside the Beijing Olympic medalists, Malinin expressed his gratitude and admiration, “Today I am honored to sit next to the Beijing Olympic medalists. I am inspired by both of them, I have been following Shoma (Uno) since childhood, and I often revisit Yuma’s (Kagiyama) performance at the Olympics. I’m grateful to them for being an example to me.”
Ilia Malinin was surprised by the judges’ reaction to his quadruple axel in the Grand Prix final.
“To be honest, it surprises me that the judges were confused by something. After all, nowhere in the rules does it say that you can’t perform a quadruple axel in a short program. It says ‘triple or quadruple jump’,” the skater noted.
He shared that he consulted with some judges and they were told that the jump should be counted.
“I didn’t want to say much about it – I wanted to make a surprise, and I guess I succeeded. Of course, the idea of being the first to perform the quadruple axel in the short program was a bit of pressure. But I’ve been practicing a lot and the jump comes out very consistently, so I knew I could handle the challenge. As for performing the quad in the free program, it will depend on how I feel, but I have a plan. Now the main thing is to keep my fighting spirit before the free skate,” Malinin emphasized.
Ilia Malinin received a negative mark for the quadruple axel from one of the judges.
All judges gave scores ranging from 2 to 4 points for this element, except for Françoise de Rappard from Belgium, who evaluated the quadruple axel negatively, setting a score of -5.