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Why figure skaters can’t do a quintuple jump

While you’re watching figure skating at the Winter Olympics, you’ll see a lot of triple axels––that is, a jump with three spins thrown in before the skater lands on the ice. If you’re lucky, you might even see a quad––four spins. But no matter how much skating you watch, you’ll probably never see a quintuple jump. This video explains the science of figure skating jumping and why five spins will probably never happen.

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