A quad, or quadruple, is a figure skating jump with four or more, but fewer than five, revolutions.
The Axel jump, named after its originator Axel Paulsen, is an edge jump launched on the forward outside edge and landed on the back outside edge of the opposite foot.
Now, combining the two above, a quadruple Axel jump is the most difficult jump in figure skating, in fact so difficult that no one has ever landed one successfully in the history of Figure Skating, either during practice, exhibition or competition.
That is until last Sunday, well sort of.
Michael Christian Martinez, the only Filipino athlete at the 2014 Olympics, received a hero’s welcome in Manila on Sunday. The 17-year-old athlete arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around 5 p.m. and was taken to the SM Mall of Asia via motorcade for a program in his honor.
After the program, the Filipino Olympian treated his fans to a skating exhibition, demonstrating his Olympic-caliber prowess that earned him a spot to compete with the world’s best.
After the exhibition, Martinez was heard screaming with joy as he skated back to his mom and his coach, asking “Did you see that?, I did it!, Do you see it?”
“I did a quad Axel!,” Martinez exclaimed.
His mom and coach simply stared in bewilderment, wondering how they missed such a historic event.
Asking around, Eritas Times discovered that the crowd’s attention was drawn away from Martinez at the precise moment, and none of the hundreds of people present to watch Martinez saw the jump.
It turns out that popular actor Piolo Pascual showed up near the ice rink, pulling away the attention from Martinez.
Sadly, all we have to show is a photo of the jump (inset) taken a couple of seconds after Martinez landed the quad Axel, and when the crowd turned their attention back to him again.
I guess we’ll just have to take Martinez’ word on it.