Jumping wizards make possibilities seem endless

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan executing a quad loop at the Grand Prix Final.  Earlier this season, Hanyu became the first to land this type of quadruple jump in competition.  

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan executing a quad loop at the Grand Prix Final.  Earlier this season, Hanyu became the first to land this type of quadruple jump in competition.  

After winning the Grand Prix Final for the fourth straight year, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was playing around during practice for the event's exhibition gala.

To a men's figure skater in 2016, this is what "playing around" means: He tried a quadruple salchow, followed by a half loop, followed by...another quad salchow.

Yes, he fell on the second salchow, but still: a quad-quad combination?

"He gets pretty excited/competitive on those practices," said Hanyu's coach, Brian Orser, in a text message. "I saw a quad axel once on one of those practices!"

Maybe the exclamation point is no longer even necessary in an era when the quad jumping progression has gone from arithmetic to exponential.

So what's next?

"Back flip to one foot to a quad salchow," wrote four-time world champion Kurt Browning in a text message unadorned by any emoji or form of punctuation -- suggesting he was not playing around.

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