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Waltz Jump

14 Dec

The Waltz Jump belongs to the group of easiest jumps in figure skating, but it has all features necessary for a powerful jump. The Waltz jump is taken- off from the forward outside edge, with one half revolution (180) and landed on the backward outside edge of the other foot. If we call the Axel jump as the king of the jumps in figure skating, then we must call the Waltz jump as the crown prince of the jumps. The take-off phase must be executed with a powerful swing of the arms and of off the free leg. To perform even an easy Waltz jump as a really powerful jump, a good physical efficiency of the skater with strong take-off power is essential.

For the run-in steps we can use crossing over steps backward outside to the right in normal carriage, right arm and shoulder backward. In the right backward outside run-in edge, we turn the arm and shoulder and bring the free leg backward close to the skating foot, the strike curve must follow the main direction of the Waltz jump. From a strongly bent tracing knee there follows a later phase of the Waltz jump. All those movements must be so timed and co- ordinate as to be all concluded at the same moment. During the flight the skater executes half a revolution (180), less the angles of deviation of the take-off and landing curve from the min direction of travel.

The landing of a Waltz jump you be made softly on a well bend knee, rocking down softly over the toe on to the front part of the skate, with arms in an open position and free leg extended backward, slightly outside , thus  helping to check the rotation. The landing curve should have the same radius as the main curve.

The Waltz jump is written by Karin Doherty, World and Olympic figure skating coach.


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