Sabovcik almost got it in 1986. Kurt Browning performed the first ratified one in
1988. Elvis Stojko made it routine, and for the generation after it was the element that marked the difference between
first and second tier competitors. Then came
So should it be about the jumps, more specifically about the quad? That is what this olympic cycle in men's figure skating came down to. There are a number more or less influential people who feel that Evan Lysaseck was not the worthiest champion because he did not even try a quad, and - more importantly - that the risk/reward ratio for trying a quad is stunting the sport.
moment there do not seem to be skaters who can combine a solid quad with
complex choreography and difficult transitions. If you spend time perfecting
the other elements and if you make jumping more difficult for yourself by
having difficult transitions, the quad will suffer to the extent that it is
tactically wise to leave it out. Fully rotated but fallen quad will still
garner good points but if it is deemed underrotated or if the skater “triples
it” the loss of points is significant. So we have skaters – most famously
Plushenko and Joubert - who have front-loaded programs with easy transitions
and quadruple jump(s), and skaters who pick up points from complex
So I am just hoping Daisuke Takahashi who was the only one to skate all out and project to audience, and Takahiko Kozuka who is just a beautiful all-around skater with gorgeous edging and jump technique will get it togeether and offer us the whole package.