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Quadruple jumps becoming standard for top skaters

Updated: January 27, 2013, 7:05 PM ET
Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. -- The three quadruple jumps Spain's Javier Fernandez landed in his long program at the European championships this weekend didn't go unnoticed by the men at the U.S. championships.

The degree of difficulty in pulling off the four-revolution jump one time, let alone three, is extremely high. The way the sport is evolving, skaters who want to achieve the highest rewards had better be able to execute the high-risk trick.

"To be really, truly competitive, you have to have ...

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