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 Figure Skating on “How to Recognize Olympic Figure Skating Jumps.” Here are some videos that will help you learn to recognize skating jumps:

Figure Skating Jumps
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November 11, 2010

What Is the Grand Prix of Figure Skating?

Last week, the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating began with the NHK Trophy in Nagoya, Japan. The way the series works is that senior-level skaters are assigned to represent their countries based on their previous competitive placements and international ranking.  

Skaters in the Grand Prix earn points based on their placements. The six skaters in each singles category (men and ladies) and six teams in each category of pairs and dance who earn the most points out of the six Grand Prix competitions move on to the Grand Prix Final.

Many of the top skaters in the world skate in the Grand Prix series, so it’s good to follow to increase your skating knowledge.

The International Skating Union (ISU) websitehas information on each Grand Prix event as well as all the major international skating competitions each year.

Here’s a recap of the NHK Trophy by PJ Kwong at NHK Trophy event offered dramatic twists.  

For inspiration, here are videos of the gold- and silver-medalists in singles from the NHK Trophy. This is the beginning of the international season, so the skaters’ programs will become even stronger as the season progresses!

Here’s the short program of the NHK ladies champion, Carolina Kostner from Italy:

Here’s the long program of the NHK ladies silver medalist, Rachael Flatt from the USA:

Here’s the short program of the NHK men’s champion, Daisuke Takahashi from Japan:

Here’s the short program of the NHK men’s silver medalist, Jeremy Abbott from the USA:
October 28, 2010

How to Lace Figure Skates: An Important Basic Skill

Although lacing figure skates might seem to be a natural skill for anyone who knows how to tie shoes, there are important steps to follow in order to experience the greatest enjoyment and success from the sport of figure skating.  Jo Ann Schneider Farris is a Colorado Springs skating coach and writer for Figure Skating. She has a clear and easy-to-follow article on the important skill of lacing figure skates.

March 23, 2010