Kurt Browning knows how tough the quad is.
After all, he was the first man to successfully land one in competition. But he says the International Skating Union isn't giving it enough credit in the new point-scoring system.
"They should give the quad a tiny bit more credit than a spin," said the four-time world and Canadian champion from Caroline, Alta., who will be inducted tomorrow into the World Skating Hall of Fame.
"Let me put it this way: I don't think that, at 40, I should be able to get on the ice and do a combination (spin) that gets me as many points as a quad. And I can. I could probably go out there right now and do it. I know that, exponentially, the quad is much harder than all the other stuff."
The new system is even keeping skaters from attempting the quad. And that's because they're busy staying up to snuff on the other elements, Browning said.
"In my day, we were all trying quads," he said. "Now they have to hold four different directions for a spin. Basically, we could pick spins and footwork that we felt comfortable doing. Not spins and footwork that we had to do. These guys have to do so many things."
The sport is also missing a bit of its flair, he added. "Spins and footwork are up but the whole look of competition is down," he said.