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Saturday Night at the Movies: Quad Mania!

Hosted by Nick Pilgrim

Male skaters first dabbled with skating's equivalent to breaking the sound barrier as far back as the late 1970s. The first men to try quads in actual competition included Alexandr Fadeev, Josef Sabovcik and Brian Boitano.

The landing honors however, fell to a daring Canadian cowboy by the name of Kurt Browning. With his innate ability to rotate like a top, the jump itself may have lasted less than a second in the air. But once Browning completed it, others soon followed suit.

A decade later, an American teenager 'built like 6'oclock' as Dick button described him, pushed technical boundaries to insane new limits when he included three quadruple jumps in his free skate at Skate America in 1999. His name was Timothy Goebel.

Despite two early stumbles on a triple flip and a triple Axel combination, Goebel regrouped and made history that day in Colorado Springs.

Four years later at the 2003 Four Continents Championships in Beijing, China, Takeshi Honda stepped up to the plate with three quads of his own.

As the first in a new generation of Japanese men to breakthrough at the World level, Honda made the jumps appear so easy that to the untrained eye they could have been triples. He took the title, earning five perfect marks to boot.


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