20. Brandon Mroz USA
NHK Trophy – short program
There was no way that a historic moment like this would not make this year’s year-end countdown of best programs. American Brandon Mroz made it into the record books by becoming the first person to land a quad lutz, the most difficult jump ever performed in competition, at the Colorado Springs Invitational, a domestic event. He then repeated the feat at NHK Trophy, becoming the first to land a clean quad lutz in international competition.
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To put it in perspective, Kurt Browning landed the first quad toe in international competition in 1988. The next new quad to be landed was the salchow, in 1998 by Timothy Goebel. It took another 13 years for the third new quad to be successfully performed, though Michael Weiss and Evgeny Plushenko had both come very close to landing the quad lutz.
Mroz has had an up-and-down season despite landing the quad lutz, with inconsistency creeping up in other jumps in his programs. But this was a moment that will be associated with him and him alone.
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