Russian ice skater lands quadruple jump

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Russian 15-year-old Kamila Valieva has become the first female figure skater to land a quadruple jump at an Olympic Games.

Valieva was competing in the team event when she executed a wonderful quadruple salchow at the start of her free skate. It was no surprise that she landed a second quad later in the routine.

Quad jumps are very difficult. Skaters must complete four rotations of the body mid-air.

These moves are very rare in women’s figure skating although Valieva has been performing them regularly in training.

Even though she later fell on an attempt at a third quad, she scored 30 points more than the second-placed skater, Kaori Sakamoto to ensure Russia won the gold medal.

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