ISU confirms Mroz's historic accomplishment

Skater first to complete quad Lutz in competition

Brandon Mroz is the new Quad King.
Brandon Mroz is the new Quad King. (Getty Images)


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By Amy Rosewater, special to
(10/26/2011) - Brandon Mroz made history last month by becoming the first skater to land a quadruple Lutz in competition.

Today, the International Skating Union recognized that feat by officially recognizing and confirming that Mroz successfully completed in the jump in a sanctioned competition. Mroz performed the quad Lutz in the short program Sept. 16 at the Colorado Springs Invitational.

Officials from the CSI, including referee Les Cramer and technical specialist Terry Kubicka (the first U.S. man to land a triple Lutz in competition) completed paperwork in support of Mroz and longtime U.S. Figure Skating official Gale Tanger hand delivered the report to ISU officials at the Hilton HHonors Skate America Grand Prix event, which was held this past weekend in Ontario, Calif.

Mroz, the U.S. silver medalist in 2009, attempted the quad Lutz twice but stepped out on the landing both times this past weekend at the 2012 Southwestern Regional Figure Skating Championships in Grapevine, Texas. He placed second at regionals behind training mate Max Aaron.

The next chance for Mroz, 20, to repeat history is when he makes his international season debut at NHK Trophy, Nov. 11-13 in Sapporo, Japan. As of now, the plan is for Mroz to try a quad Lutz-triple toe in the short and long programs, but that could be subject to change.

"This is unchartered territory," said Tom Zakrajsek, Mroz's coach in Colorado Springs. "We have to see how he's going to manage all of this. He's training all of these quads and has dabbled with doing two in the short program and two in the long, but I guess the best way to describe it is that we are limiting his attempts because it is so draining on his body."

In addition to the quad Lutz and quad Lutz combinations, Mroz has also been landing quad loops and quad flips in practices and the goal is to become the first skater to land those jumps in competition as well. He has already landed quad toe loops in competition.

Mroz is the second American man the ISU has recognized as the first to perform a quad jump in competition. Timothy Goebel is credited with the first quad Salchow, which he performed at the 1998 Junior Grand Prix Final.

The last American man to attempt a quad Lutz in competition was Michael Weiss, who two-footed his try at the 1998 U.S. Championships and fell on another attempt at the Olympic Winter Games that year in Nagano, Japan. Thirteen years later, another American landed one for the books.

"It's cool to see it done," Weiss said of Mroz.

But Weiss also had to laugh since he might have been the one entered into the record books had the ISU's judging system been in place back in 1998.

"Under the new system, I landed a quad Lutz," Weiss said of his attempt at the 1998 nationals. "There was a two-footed landing, but it had four rotations, so it would have gotten a minus (grade of execution)."