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ILIA MALININ, at 17, Ilia “Quad God” Malinin was the youngest person named to the 2022 TIME100 NEXT list, after being the first and only skater to ever land a quad axel, the most difficult and elusive jump in figure skating, making him the early favorite for Olympic Gold in Milano Cortina 2026. The innovative and unconventional Ilia became a true game changer in 2022, establishing a World Junior Record for the men’s Short Program, Free Skate, and Combined Score, and becoming the youngest ever men’s champion at Skate America - while landing a quad axel. At the 2024 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Ilia defended his title, winning back-to-back US Championships. Ilia capped off his 2024 season by setting a World Record and winning World Championship Gold at the ISU World Championships in Montreal, Canada. The son of two Olympians, Ilia is a freshman at George Mason, and when he’s not training and competing, enjoys skateboarding, playing video games, and watching extreme sports.

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