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WATCH: Local Figure Skater Nails the First-Ever Quad Axel

Ilia Malinin did something nobody ever has in a competition

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Virginia figure skater Ilia Malinin just did something that no other ice athlete has ever accomplished: On Wednesday night in Lake Placid, he landed a quad axel—a stunning four-and-a-half revolution jump—in a competition.

The 17-year-old skater was born in Vienna and attends Marshall High School in Falls Church. He posted a video on Instagram from his training facility in Reston of him successfully landing the jump earlier this year, and was inspired by Yuzuru Hanyu’s attempt at the 2022 Beijing Olympics to try it in competition.

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