Israeli skater Daniel Samohin wowed judges and the audience alike at the 2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary when he pulled off three quads to vault himself from ninth place to the gold medal.
Samohin’s first-place finish marks the first title for Israel at an ISU Figure Skating Championship.
“It’s pretty crazy to come from almost tenth place to becoming the top three,” said Samohin, who just turned 18. “It’s really great. For Israel it is amazing.”
Samohin was applauded for his amazing skating – he hit three quads (quad toe-triple toe, quad Salchow, quad toe), a triple Axel and three more triples.
Samohin smiled while the Israeli national anthem, Hatikva, was played during the awards ceremony.