No doubt, one of the biggest stories of 2022/2023 season – we dare say, the biggest – has been Ilia Malinin landing the first quad Axel in competition.
We knew he had it in him, we saw videos of him landing this almost impossible jump in practice, but Ilia made it a mission to land it in an ISU-sanctioned event, and enter the history of the sport.
Which he did, first at 2022 US Classic in Lake Placid, only to showcase it later in every competition he took part in. And 2022 Grand Prix of Espoo, Finland, was no exception to it.
This photo-story starts with Ilia, the history-maker – and continues with all the action in the men’s event in Espoo.
Ready to remember how it was?
Featuring Ilia Malinin, Shun Sato, Kévin Aymoz, Tatsuya Tsuboi, Camden Pulkinen, Nikolaj Majorov, Arlet Levandi, Keegan Messing, Valtter Virtanen, Aleksandr Selevko, Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda, Morisi Kvitelashvili.
Photos taken by Askar Ibragimov in Espoo/November 2022
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