At 17, Ilia "Quadg0d" 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 favourite for Olympic Gold in Milano Cortina 2026.
The innovative and unconventional Malinin 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.
In 2023, the teenage Malinin added US National Champion and World Bronze Medalist to his list of accomplishments, and opened up his 2023-24 campaign setting a new personal best score in breaking the 300-point barrier, while defending his Skate America title.
Ilia finished the '23 season winning the prestigious ISU Grand Prix Final in Beijing, China, making history once again, becoming the first person to land a quad axel during a short program, to go along with his game changing quad axel from 2022.
Malinin's 2023 ISU Grand Prix Final gold medal performance moved him to 3rd on the all-time points list, behind only Olympic Champion Nathan Chen, and double Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu.
At the 2024 Prevagen U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Columbus, Ohio, Malinin defended his title, winning back-to-back US Championships.
The son of two Olympians, Malinin is a freshman at George Mason, and when he's not training and competing, enjoys skateboarding, playing video games, and watching extreme sports.
Ilia resides in Virginia, USA.