Quadruple jump is the key in men's figure skating

Updated: March 11, 2013, 7:42 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON, Ontario -- No quad, no medal.

And one might not be enough.

The four-revolution jump has been around longer than some of the top men at this week's World Figure Skating Championships, with Kurt Browning doing the first way back in 1988. But after ebbing and flowing in importance over the years, the quad is now as essential to a skater as the blades on his boots.

"It's not an option anymore if you really want to be a player," said Brian Orser, who won silver medals at ...

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