SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Brandon Mroz of the United States made skating history on Saturday by becoming the first skater to land a quadruple lutz in international competition.
The 20-year-old Mroz hit the quadruple lutz on his opening jump in the men’s short program at the NHK Trophy, where he placed third behind Japanese skaters Daisuke Takahashi and Takahiko Kozuka.
Mroz said he was “excited to get it done in an international competition.”
The Nov. 11-13 NHK Trophy is the fourth event of the 2011 International Skating Union’s Grand Prix series.
Mroz previously made the quadruple lutz on Sept. 16 at the Colorado Spring Invitational, a U.S Figure Skating sanctioned event.