At just 13-years-old, ice skater Alexandra Trusova made a historical achievement during one of her performances that had mouths dropping to the floor. In fact, it even helped contribute to her taking home the gold that day.
The event took place at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships. All eyes were on the Russian skater as she made her way into the rink. Yet, no one knew they were about to witness a routine that would end in her breaking a record.
Ice skating isn’t an easy sport by any means. That’s why we happily tip our hats to anyone who’s mastered the skill.
Like many other accomplished skaters, Trusova started taking lessons when she was very young. So by the time she turned into a teenager, she had already been practicing for a number of years and had competed internationally.
But the talent Trusova had was on another level. The crowd who attended the competition in Bulgaria got up-close proof of it too.
At the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships – a female skater had never landed a quadruple jump more than once during a performance.
That is, until that day, when Trusova went down in history by beautifully completing two of them.
Everyone watched as the youngster flawlessly landed her first quadruple jump, one that’s referred to as a “Salchow.” Although it was impressive enough – she wasn’t done yet.
Within the routine, Trusova ended up pulling off a “quadruple toeloop” too, which secured her the record-breaking position. It was something she had trained long and hard for.
Before the teen’s accomplishment, skater Miki Ando was the only female to complete a quadruple jump while competing. According to the International Skating Union (ISU), that was back in 2002 during the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final.
Trusova was also the first lady-skater to land a quadruple toeloop while competing. In addition, she performed other incredible moves as well that had the audience mesmerized.
The judges gave Trusova a high score of 153.49 points for her routine (a personal best for the young skater). She ended up earning the gold medal and scoring 225.52 overall.
Trusova was absolutely thrilled to have been named the winner. However, the fact that she made history with her two quadruple jumps was even more rewarding.
In an interview with ISU, she explained:
“I am very happy to have won, but I’m even happier to have landed the two quads. I prepared for that and I did it.”
The teen also talked about having to keep her excitement down during the routine. After all, she still had to stay focused in order to complete all of her other moves.
“After I landed the quads, I was very happy, but I still had the rest of the program to do. There were still three difficult combinations to come and I had to pull myself together.”
People around the world have been blown away watching Trusova’s moves featured in the video below. Since then, she’s also gone on to make other big achievements as well.
It’s amazing what some people are able to accomplish by dedicating themselves to something they love. There’s no doubt that Alexandra Trusova will continue to rise to new heights throughout her life.
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