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  • Hello, I'm Shoma Uno.

  • If you want to keep competing at the top,

  • you definitely need to hit quadruples.

  • To hit a quadruple jump,

  • you take off from the ice, spin four times, and land.

  • Is it possible to hit quintuples?

  • (IS IT POSSIBLE

  • (FOR FIGURE SKATERS TO COMPLETE A QUINTUPLE JUMP?)

  • Figure skating is one

  • of the more mesmerising Olympic sports.

  • But, behind all the highs and lows,

  • the kisses and the cries,

  • lies a whole load of jumping history.

  • What do you mean, you can't remember that far back?

  • I think we're going to need a montage.

  • Figure skating has been evolving for decades,

  • even before skaters started battling

  • for Olympic gold in 1908.

  • (GENUINE BLACK & WHITE FOOTAGE)

  • Let's start with an Axel. Axel Paulsen, to be precise -

  • the Norwegian who landed his namesake single jump

  • for the first time all the way back in 1882.

  • From then on, skaters continued to lay down new jumps.

  • The toe loop, the Salchow, the loop, the flip, the Lutz,

  • the kangaroo.

  • OK, wait, I made the last one up.

  • Sorry.

  • The next step? More rotations.

  • Single jumps turned into doubles,

  • which turned into triples.

  • Then came the quad revolution,

  • when Kurt Browning landed the first quadruple,

  • a toe loop, back in 1988.

  • He paved the way for a new era in the men's competition.

  • Today, male and female skating pioneers

  • are taking jumping to greater heights.

  • Is it only a matter of time before the quintuple

  • becomes the new hottest property in figure skating?

  • Shoma Uno is one of the best figure skaters on the planet.

  • In fact, he has an Olympic medal to prove it.

  • In our quest to explore the frontiers in figure skating,

  • I asked Shoma, "The quintuple jump - is it possible?"

  • The quadruple jump was previously considered

  • as an unrealistic thing for human beings.

  • But now, the fact that so many skaters hit it almost naturally

  • means somebody will land a quintuple someday,

  • although I'm not sure if I could do it or not.

  • I landed a triple jump

  • and then a quadruple before the triple axel.

  • As for jumping, the height, breadth and spin speed

  • are all different depending on the skater,

  • And what you need is, I never thought of it

  • when I tried quadruples,

  • so, whether it's a quintuple or a quadruple,

  • to imagine yourself doing well

  • and just execute it with your body.

  • That's all for me...

  • So, it all boils down to the...science-y stuff.

  • Confused yet?

  • Let's break it down.

  • For a quad jump,

  • skaters spent less than 0.7 seconds in the air.

  • They have to leap around half a metre

  • to be at the optimum height to land a quadruple.

  • For a quintuple,

  • more rotational energy is needed at takeoff

  • to increase angular momentum.

  • They also need to jump higher

  • and, most importantly, spin faster,

  • averaging nearer 400 rpm.

  • Clearly, the quintuple remains a thus-far elusive feat.

  • But is it possible?

  • Let's hear from some qualified voices.

  • It's a race against gravity.

  • Is there enough time in the air to get five revolutions done?

  • This is, I think, the biggest question.

  • Most quad jumps aren't necessarily

  • exactly four revolutions in the air.

  • So if you were going to do a quintuple toe loop,

  • you now need to do, give or take,

  • revolutions in the air.

  • Looking at landing impacts and jumping up in the air,

  • the quad and the triple are pretty similar.

  • They're in the air roughly the same amount of time

  • as they are for the triple.

  • But the spin rate has to increase.

  • Do you want to know what five rotations feels like?

  • When you ask me if this generation of skaters

  • are going to include the person who would be

  • the first to land a quint, I probably would say no.

  • Because the best ones are trying to stay healthy.

  • Maybe they wouldn't take the risk.

  • It's the generation that we don't quite know yet,

  • who don't have as much to risk, and that was me in 1988.

  • Incredible! A landed quadruple jump in competition.

  • It requires a high level of technique,

  • and you might get injured.

  • And it's uncharted territory for us

  • as there is no-one that ever landed before.

  • But if someone hit a quintuple, then many skaters would follow.

  • (IS IT POSSIBLE?)

  • Watch Olympic Channel and learn more about "Is It Possible?"

Hello, I'm Shoma Uno.

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