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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFairfax, Virginia - January 22, 20141. Wide of Carly Berrios skating2. Med of Christina Cleveland skatingAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYFile - Various3. STILLS of top men skaters executing jumps (Jeremy Abbott, Patrick Chan, Daisuke Takahashi, Max AaronAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFairfax, Virginia - January 22, 20144. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Weisiger, Two-time Olympic coach (Transcript Below)++SOUNDBITE PARTIALLY COVERED ++ BY:US FIGURE SKATING ORG - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY: PETER ZAPALO/U.S. FIGURE SKATING 5. Jeremy Abbott executing a quad toe loopAMATEUR VIDEO - MUST COURTESY: AUDREY WEISIGER6. Various of Michael Weiss performing quadsAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYVarious - Various7. Various STILLS of skaters Michael Weiss, Elvis Stojko, Brandon Mroz, Evgeny PlushenkoAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYNew York - January 23, 20148. SOUNDBITE (English) Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writer (Transcript below)AP PHOTO - AP CLIENTS ONLYPark City, Utah - September 30, 20139. File photo of Evan LysacekUS FIGURE SKATING ORG - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY: PETER ZAPALO/U.S. FIGURE SKATING 10. Jeremy Abbott performing a quad toe triple toe comboAP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYBoston, Massachusetts - January 12, 201411. Still of Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown after winning Nationals12. Various stills of Jason Brown performing at NationalsAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFairfax, Virginia - January 22, 201413. (partially covered by Still photo noted above) SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Cleveland, 17, from Reston, Virginia (Transcript Below)14. Med of Audrey Weisiger talking with skaters Christina Cleveland and Carly Berrios 15. Wide of Carly Berrios skating16. Tight of Christina getting hooked into harness17. Wide of Christina spinning in harness18. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Weisiger, Two-time Olympic coach (Transcript Below)AP PHOTOS - AP CLIENTS ONLYFile - Various19. STILLS of skaters Miki Ando, Mao Asada, Surya Bonaly and Sasha CohenAP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFairfax, Virginia - January 22, 201420. Wide of Carly spinning in harness21. SOUNDBITE (English) Carly Berrios, 16, from Greenville, South Carolina (Transcript Below)22. Wide-Medium of Carly executing a triple jumpRESTRICTIONS SUMMARYUS FIGURE SKATING ORG - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY: PETER ZAPALO/U.S. FIGURE SKATING--AMATEUR VIDEO - MUST COURTESY: AUDREY WEISIGER--US FIGURE SKATING ORG - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY: PETER ZAPALO/U.S. FIGURE SKATING VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:IT'S ONE OF THE MARQUEE WINTER OLYMPIC SPORTS - COMBINING INTENSE ATHLETISISM WITH CAPTIVATING ARTISTRY. AND THE BAR KEEPS GETTING HIGHER. FORGET DOUBLES, OR TRIPLES. THESE DAYS - ESPECIALLY FOR THE MEN - IT'S ALL ABOUT THE QUAD. AND WHAT EXACTLY 'IS' A QUAD?SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Weisiger, 2-time Olympic Coach: A quad jump is executed by going down the ice, top speed, sometimes 20 miles an hour on a thin blade and they're jumping up in the air, rotating four times in the air, and then landing on that same thin blade with a smile on their face and the music and they have to execute all of this in under a second. IN THE LATE 1990s, AUDREY WEISIGER TAUGHT 3-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION MICHAEL WEISS A COUPLE OF QUADS THAT WERE, AT THE TIME, JUST EMERGING ON THE COMPETITIVE SCENE. THE HIGH-RISK, HIGH-REWARD JUMPS HAVE BECOME 'ROUTINE' FOR MANY OF THE WORLD'S ELITE… MAKING IT HARD -BUT NOT 'IMPOSSIBLE' TO WIN TOP HONORS WITHOUT ONE.SOUNDBITE (English) Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writer: To me, the quad jump with the men is so over-rated because Evan Lysechek four years ago won the gold medal without a quad. // Most of the men will do them, but a lot of the men put too much consideration into it and too much practice time. FOUR-TIME U-S CHAMPION JEREMY ABBOTT CAN EXECUTE A QUAD IN COMPETITION. HIS OLYMPIC TEAMMATE JASON BROWN ISN'T QUITE THERE YET. BUT BROWN ELECTIFIED THE CROWD AT NATIONALS WITH A FUN, FLAWLESS AND 'QUAD-LESS' ROUTINE THAT HAS INSIPIRED UP-AND-COMING SKATERS.SOUNDBITE (English) Christina Cleveland, 17, of Reston, Virginia: He's like my role model right now.// He has the artistry and he has the crowd-pleasing ability and I know that quad is coming from him. SKATERS LIKE CHRISTINA CLEVELAND AND CARLY BERRIOS (ba-ree-ahs), FOURTH AT NATIONALS AMONG THE NOVICE LADIES, SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS ON THE ICE, PERFECTING THEIR JUMPS, SPINS AND GLIDES…OFTEN ASSISTED 'OFF THE ICE' BY CONTRAPTIONS LIKE THIS ONE. THE HARNESS HELPS SIMULATE THE HEIGHT AND SPEED NECESSARY FOR EXECUTING THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS. INCLUDING - POTENTIALLY - A QUAD. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Weisiger, 2-Time Olympic Coach: You don't want to attempt a quad jump unless you are technically prepared and mentally prepared and for anybody that thinks this is easy I challenge them to put their spandex and their skates on and get out there because these are very very difficult skills. ONLY A HANDFUL OF LADIES ARE KNOWN TO HAVE LANDED A QUAD. FOR BERRIOS (ba-ree-ahs), WHO HOPES TO MAKE THE OLYMPIC TEAM SOMEDAY, THE QUAD POSES A DAUNTING CHALLENGE.SOUNDBITE (English) Carly Berrios, 16, from Greenville, South Carolina: "you have to make sure you have enough height and enough rotation and - ahhh - it seems like a lot to think about and a lot of work. // but I think it's possible.SHE CERTAINLY SEEMS WELL ON HER WAY.(landing jump)HANNAH BUCHDAHL, ASSOCIATED PRESS