How to Recognize Figure Skating Jumps

Daisuke Takahashi landing a jump at the 2010 Olympics. (Photo by Liz Chastney)

Daisuke Takahashi landing a jump at the 2010 Olympics. (Photo by Liz Chastney)

If you enjoy watching figure skating on television, you’ll enjoy it even more if you learn to identify the different jumps.

Remember, a single jump is 1 rotation in the air, a double 2 rotations, a triple 3 rotations, and a quad 4 rotations. An axel is 1½ rotations in the air,  a double axel is 2½ rotations, and a triple axel is 3½ rotations.

You might like the helpful article by Jo Ann Schneider Farris at About.com: Figure Skating on “How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps.” Here are some videos that will help you learn to recognize skating jumps: 

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November 11, 2010