Like the plot of “Succession,” Ilia Malinin’s winning program for the men’s singles competition at the World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday had many twists: six quadruple jumps including a quadruple axel, a feat involving four and a half rotations in the air.

The inclusion of these elements in the HBO series’ theme song only heightened the drama of Mr. Malinin’s performance.

The moody string music that opens the song had been playing for about 30 seconds when Mr. Malinin, a 19-year-old student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, performed a quad axel in a costume that resembled a classic tuxedo. Mr. Malinin, who grew up in Fairfax, is the only skater to make that jump in competition; he did so for the first time in 2022.

By the time the piano riffs of the “Succession” theme appeared, he had completed three more quads: a quad lutz, a quad loop and a quad salchow. (His talent for performing quadruple jumps has earned him the nickname Quad God.) Before the end of the roughly four-minute program, he landed two more.

Mr. Malinin started skating on the theme “Succession” last fall, but he has yet to watch the show. “I don’t subscribe to HBO,” he said in an interview. “But if I got it, I would definitely watch.”

The network’s programming has influenced his performances before: Last season he performed a free skate program featuring a selection of music from the series “Euphoria.”

“I haven’t seen ‘Euphoria’ either,” he said, “but I hear it’s a really good show.”

For his free skate “Euphoria” Mr. Malinin together with choreographer Juris Razgulajevs. His performance on Saturday, for which he received the highest score ever for a free skate, was engineered by choreographer Shae-Lynn Bourne.

Ms. Bourne chose the “Succession” theme in part because it had yet to be used in figure skating, a sport for which music selections are often repeated, Mr. Malinin said.

“We were playing with how we could make the sound work for a figure skating program, to make the program flow better and make it comfortable to perform the elements cleanly,” he said. “We added some sound effects and changed things up to make the music build the way it should for a figure skating program.”

Nicholas Britell, who composed the “Succession” theme, said in an email that he was honored that Mr. Malinin had chosen the music for his skate. “It’s really exciting to see how the score extends beyond the TV screen,” Mr. Britell said.

Mr Malinin said he almost didn’t attend the recent speed skating championships due to a “minor injury” that kept him off the ice a week prior to the event. His overall competition score of 333.76 – more than 24 points higher than that of second-place Yuma Kagiyama – was representative of the progress Mr Malinin has made since joining the international senior men’s skating circuit in 2021.

“I never thought I could achieve this incredible free skate and get this crazy world record,” said Mr. Malinin, adding that learning to land a quad-axel jump has motivated him “to become an innovator and become a game changer.”

His main coaches, Tatiana Malinina and Roman Skorniakov, are also his parents. Both were Olympic skaters for Uzbekistan and have drawn on that experience while teaching their son. “They tell me not to be so stressed before a competition and how to maximize training to make it efficient,” Mr Malinin said. He is also advised by Rafael Arutyunyan, longtime coach of U.S. Olympic figure skaters Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon.

Since mastering the quad axel, Mr. Malinin has said he is interested in attempting a quintuple jump, a maneuver that involves five rotations in the air and has never been performed competitively.

In the coming months, Mr. Malinin plans to “take time to mentally prepare himself for the idea of” attempting the fifth jump, he said. “I like to push the limits of physical possibilities and the boundaries of this sport.”

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