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Is it physically possible to land a clean quadruple axel in competition?

Discussion in 'The Trash Can' started by Maofan7, Jan 31, 2013.

By which date will a clean 4A be successfully landed in competition?

Poll closed Mar 3, 2013.
  1. By 2015

    7 vote(s)
  2. By 2020

    17 vote(s)
  3. By 2030

    10 vote(s)
  4. By 2040

    2 vote(s)
  5. By 2050

    1 vote(s)
  6. Sometime beyond 2050

    0 vote(s)
  7. Never - its not humanly possible

    29 vote(s)
  1. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Of course, anything is possible with the help of CGI, but is it physically possible to land a legitimate clean quadruple axel in competition? Or have we almost reached the limit of what is humanly possible in jump terms?

    In terms of the 6 types of jump, quad jumps have been accomplished in 3 of them in competition - the 4T (first - Kurt Browning: 1988 World Championships), the 4S (first - Timothy Goebel: 1998 JGPF), and the 4Z (first - Brandon Mroz: Colorado Springs Invitational 2011). Nobody, however, has yet landed a 4R, a 4F, or a 4A in competition. Daisuke Takahashi has attempted the 4F (e.g. 2010 Worlds FS, 2010/11 GPF LP), but they have either been deemed underrotated or downgraded. Konstantin Menshov has attempted a 4R in practice, whilst Kevin Reynolds recently attempted one in his SP at the 2012 BC Summerskate. Hence, its likely that the 4F and 4R will be successfully landed in competition at some point in the next 10 years. But what about a 4A? Is that a step too far, and does it take us beyond what is humanly possible?
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  2. ehdtkqorl123

    ehdtkqorl123 Active Member

    I don't think so. Just like there is no lady who does fully rotated 3A, there won't be a man who will be able to do fully rotated 4A.
  3. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Except for Midori Ito and Tonya Harding. :)

    I think someone will try to attempt it one day and I will be amazed when they do. But it is never going to be a mainstay of competiton like the quad has now become because you have to be a freak to be able to do it.
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  4. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    Maybe if the skater is very tall, very thin, has a very deep step into the jump, and really goes for height rather than distance . . .

    . . . it would probably still be a 1/4 turn underrotated :shuffle:
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  5. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    I don't think it will ever be done, no.
  6. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    Fast, straight rotations plus distance covered will negate the lack of height in the multiple revolutions jump. I think a 4A is possible with a heavy pre-rotation on the ice on the skid edge take-off.
  7. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    I'm going to say 2020. :) I think the skate boot may need a bit more tweaking but I totally believe it's possible. I'm sure there was a time even DOUBLE jumps weren't considered possible, the skate boot itself evolved and look at us now! :)
  8. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    Exactly. Go back to 1970 and ask if men would be doing a quad lutz. You'd get a LOT of "that's physically impossible."
  9. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    And I am positive some men from earlier eras were at least trying quads in practices!

    Until I saw the practice video of 1960 Olympic Champ David Jenkins Triple Axel I had no idea that men were even attempting that jump prior to the '70's! Never mind in 1957! :rockstar::respec:. Correct me if I'm wrong anyone-but haven't skate boots advanced a great deal since David's time?

    To be sure-there are young men out there attempting quad axels in practices-here's Ryan Bradley's attempt -and here's another guy's (don't know his name) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e7rg1hNQIw and the same guy in real time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG_uc4O3DVE one day...
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  10. shine

    shine Well-Known Member

    What, by 2050 there'll be genetically engineered humans?
    Or a dominant mutation takes over the population?
  11. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    Not that I mind or anything, but where did all this quad axel talk come from lately?
  12. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    And it wasn't even caseyedwards that started the thread. :D
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  13. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    Ask Maofan who started the thread. :D
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  14. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Came across the CGI video (see post 1), and wondered whether we would ever see one for real one day, and whether it was even possible.
  15. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    There was a time when people believed that the triple axel was an impossibility because it required 3 and a half rotations in the air.

    I don't see why someone could not land a quad axel some day in competition. It's a matter of when. I don't see it happening in 2015- that's just 2 years from now. However, 2020 is very possible. I am also guessing that in the next 7 years there will be improvements in boot designs which could help skaters trying this jump. However, I don't see anyone going for it for competitive advantage in a competition; it's more likely to get credit for 'first', like the quad lutz done by Brandon Mroz.
  16. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    You must be very young. Midori and Tonya fully rotated the 3As routinely, just like the men did.
  17. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    If it is achieved, then it will be a bit like the 3A in Ladies, something that is deployed by a skater in competition only now and again with large gaps in between. That is, it will be a jump that only a very few skaters can do
  18. ks777

    ks777 Well-Known Member

    No unless we see a male version of Midori Ito. Or Midori and Elvis decided to have a baby together. Or Midori have a baby with a Japanese gymnast Uchimura.
  19. chantilly

    chantilly Well-Known Member

    I believe Kurt once said that he thought it would happen eventually but that would be it,i.e that is as far as it would go.
  20. aims

    aims New Member

    I like that:lol:, although, alas, Kohei is already married;)
  21. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

    I think it's an excellent poll and I'm having fun with it.

    The axel happens to be my favorite jump and I'm so happy I got to see Midori Ito nail the first one by ladies and Tonya Harding the first for American women. I hope to live long enough to see the day when the quad axel is nailed in an ISU sanctioned competition-and it will I'm sure of it! I might not live long enough to see a lady do it I grant-but you never know! :D

    Thank you. These kids! They really should study the history of figure skating! :lol:
  22. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Mmmm interesting scenarios. :)
  23. briancoogaert

    briancoogaert Well-Known Member

    Kurt Browning had a big triple Axel. Does anyone know if he attempted 4Axel at the practices ?
    Same with Petrenko or Kulik.
  24. black

    black New Member

    If gravity remains the same, (objects falling with the same acceleration) then look to the rotation.


    It even uses a figure skater as an example.

    Thus if you want a greater angular momentum (faster rotation) you need to bring more mass, more distance to the centre of axis.

    Assuming you don't have your arms lengthened, the solution would be to have weights (very securely) fastened to your wrists/hands.

    Practice this on a spinning office chair (preferably not with castors & slowly!!) bring your arms in, once empty, second with a water bottle in each hand, notice the difference?

    With more mass the rotation will be faster = more rotation for the same height jump.

    As Casey Carlyle would say, "Physics".

    The drawbacks would be controlling the increased acceleration. (And it will probably be banned by the ISU, if not already)
  25. aka_gerbil

    aka_gerbil Rooting for the Underdogs

    FWIW, the 4A is actually in the code of points. Since they put it in and assigned a value to it, I'm thinking that it would not be banned by the ISU. I would think that using weights attached to you hands to achieve the 4A would be frowned upon though.
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  26. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

    It's been dicussed in other threads. The consensus among skaters and coaches (Stojko, Mishin) is that someone would have to develop a lighter skate with enough support.
  27. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    We have those black lighter blades now (forgot what they are called) but I know a competitive skater for whom they broke mid-season. :p
  28. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    4 Axel has a base value of 15 points and for an underrotated jump a base value of 10.5. Downgraded will go back to a 8.5 (value of 3A).
  29. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    I think Midori Ito definitely could have done it. Not sure if there are any men who could have, maybe Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Alexei Yagudin, or a younger Evgeny Plushenko.
  30. black

    black New Member

    No offence/offense intended by this post.

    Do you think there is still a degree of racism in figure skating that puts off some great athletes? (who might be able to land a 4A)