Four Consecutive Jumps in Figure Skating - an Impossibility?


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There are a few things to look for on your skate blades to indicate it's time for sharpening. First would be visible nicks appearing anywhere along the length of the blade.

You also want to look out for 'rounded' edges.

Lastly you will want to avoid pitting which is quite common if you leave your cloth skate guards on your skates between sessions. Be sure to wipe down your steel after you get home to ensure your blades are dry.

I would argue that there isn't a 'rule-of-thumb' with regard to sharpening frequency, Pro's get their blades sharpened every period, amateurs can likely go weeks without any consequence. After you gain more experience you will be able to 'feel' when it's time to head to the...

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For a sport judged partially on style, figure skating has not changed much with the times: The billowing, sequined costumes look the same as they have for decades, the classical music never goes in or out of style, and the jumps (which actually determine the score) have more or less stayed the same.

While the unwavering costume and music choices may be the product of tradition, the consistency in jumps through the years has more to do with the physical limits of the human body. And given those limits, fans shouldn't expect moves to change much in the future either, said Tom Zakrajsek, a world and Olympic figure-skating coach based in Colorado Springs, Colo., who will head to Sochi this Thursday (Feb. 6) to coach Italian Men's Competitor Paul Bonifacio Parkinson.

Zakrajsek said the most challenging figure-skating move currently performed in Olympic competition is the quadruple jump, or four spins in midair. The next...

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Figure skating was first contested as an Olympic sport at the 1908 Summer Olympics, in London, United Kingdom. As this traditional winter sport could be conducted indoors, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved its inclusion in the Summer Olympics program. It was featured a second time at the Antwerp Games, after which it was permanently transferred to the program of the Winter Olympic Games, first held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.

In London, figure skating was presented in four events: men's singles, women's singles, men's special figures, and mixed pairs. The special figures contest was won by Russian Nikolai Panin, who gave his country its first ever Olympic gold medal. He remains the event's sole winner, as it was subsequently dropped from the program. Once a demonstration event at Grenoble 1968, ice dancing has been an official medal-awarding Olympic figure skating event since it was introduced in 1976.

Swedish figure skater Gillis...

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, sport in which ice skaters, singly or in pairs, perform freestyle movements of jumps, spins, lifts, and footwork in a graceful manner. Its name derives from the patterns (or figures) skaters make on the ice, an element that was a major part of the sport until recently. There are various kinds of figure skating, including freestyle, pairs, ice dance, and synchronized team skating. The style of competition, as well as the moves and techniques of the skaters, varies for each category of skating. Figure skating has become one of the most popular sports of the Winter Olympics.


Pioneers of the sport

A Treatise on Skating (1772) by Robert Jones, an Englishman, is apparently the first account of figure skating. The sport had a cramped and formal style until American Jackson Haines introduced his free and expressive techniques based on dance movement in the mid-1860s. Although popular in Europe, Haines’s style (called the International style) did not...

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The Spaniard had already been leading the standings following Wednesday's short program and he again was untouchable in the free skating competition.

Performing to 'Guys and Dolls', Fernandez reeled off a quadruple toeloop, a quadruple Salchow-triple toeloop, triple Axel-double toeloop, quadruple Salchow and three more triples.

And while falling on his second triple Axel, the world champion still did enough to earn 200.23 points from the judges to finish with a combined total of 307.77.

In doing so, he became the first European skater, and second skater in history, to crack the 300 points barrier.

"It doesn't matter how many times you win something, if it the first time or second time, it is always special," he said.

"It is so important to keep making history in my home and in figure skating. To be among those great figure skaters who have won this title four times in a row is such a special thing.

"I am...

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Dick Button was a two-time Olympic champion (1948 and 1952) and is credited as having been the first skater to successfully land the double axel jump in competition in 1948, as well as the first triple jump of any kind -- a triple loop -- in 1952.

He also invented the flying camel spin, which was originally known as the "Button camel".

He is also a 5-time world champion (1948-52)

Tenly Albright in 1953 became the first American woman to win the world championship in figure skating. She also won the U. S. and North American titles that year to become the first ever triple crown winner.

Less than two weeks before the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy, Albright fell after hitting a rut in the ice while practicing. Her left skate cut so deeply into her right ankle that it slashed a vein and scraped bone. Her father flew to Italy and did some emergency repair work. Skating beautifully ...

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The ISU created the Four Continents Championships to give non-European skaters an additional opportunity to compete and to earn prize money. The event is also supposed to promote skating in countries where the sport is not as developed yet. The inaugural event was held in 1999, and the championships have continued to grow year by year. Of course the event has not yet reached the level of the European Championships, but this just takes time. However, it is sad that the top US single skaters skip the Four Continents each year. None of the three US ladies medalists showed up, and in the mens’ event only US bronze medalist Ryan Jahnke made the trip to China. Kwan, Hughes and Cohen have never competed in the Four Continents. Weiss and Goebel were only present when they hadn’t qualified for the World team or weren’t at the top nationally.

China hosted an ISU Figure Skating Championship for the first time, and it was a success for the organizers. The attendance could have been...

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Figure skating is a lot harder than it looks. Some people think it is just easy as pie, but it isn't. I tell them that you have to balance yourself perfectly or somewhat perfectly to stay on your feet.

I love figure skating a lot and when I was able to get my friend to do it, she started loving it. We had a blast and I hope we can do it again one day.

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@ddljohn & @anon341889: I started skating at age 9, which is considered really late, so your five year old daughter can absolutely start skating already! I've quit skating myself but I'm currently a coach and we train kids from three years and up!

When it comes to how long it will take for her to start competing, it depends on what country you're from, what competitions your club enters, etc., not to mention how fast your daughter...

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—figure skater.

1. ice skating in which the skater traces intricate patterns on the ice.

2. a type of ice skating developed from this, emphasizing jumps, spins, and other movements that combine athletic skills and dance techniques.

3. a competitive sport in which the skater is required to execute school figures and to perform one or more original programs of difficult jumps, spins, etc., to a musical setting.


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Sport in which ice skaters, singly or in pairs, perform various jumps, spins, and footwork.

The figure skate blade has a special serrated toe pick, or toe rake, at the front. Figure-skating events, held in the 1908 and 1920 Olympic Games, have constituted part of the Winter Olympics since they were inaugurated in 1924. Until 1991, competition included a compulsory section in which prescribed figures were traced. Competition for individuals includes two free-skating programs: a short program with mandatory...

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Figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on ice. Figure skaters compete at various levels from beginner up to the Olympic level (senior), and at local, national, and international competitions. The International Skating Union (ISU) regulates international figure skating judging and competitions.

Like dancing, figure skating combines grace and athleticism, requiring great discipline combined with skill. Skaters such as Sonja Henie and Peggy Fleming were among the most beloved athletes of their respective generations. Figure skating has grown into one of the highlights of the Winter Olympics, and is practiced worldwide.

Major international competitions are sanctioned by the ISU. These include the Winter Olympic Games, the World Championships, the World Junior Figure Skating Championships, the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, the European Figure...

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Boitano: Wagner's scores were fair

Story highlights

Favored to win, South Korea's Yuna Kim wins silver Adelina Sotnikova, a Russian teenager, beats Kim as some experts question results The judging system in figure skating is anonymous

In the final chapter of her storied Olympic figure skating career, South Korea's Yuna Kim won silver -- not able to defend her shot at gold against a Russian teenager who seemingly came out of nowhere to get the top prize.

Instantly, there was controversy.

Russia's Adelina Sotnikova finished with a total score of 224.59, beating Kim's score of 219.11 by 5.48 points after the free skate program. Sotnikova, 17, became the first female Russian skater to win in the category.

Some pointed out that she had stepped out after landing a triple combination, and others raised questions about the anonymous judging system.

Dick Button, a men's figure skating two-time Olympic gold medalist, said he didn't think...

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The only limit is ability. I've seen skaters who can do dozens and dozens of double toe-loops in a row. I myself have easily done combinations of five or six jumps, and I'm not on championship level by far. But the harder to do the jump, the harder it is to chain it. The reason professional skaters don't do these combinations is because they won't get anything for them in competitions: Because of the rules they can only do two combinations of two jumps and one combination of three jumps in their programs, and there is a limited amount of total jumps in a program. If this limit didn't exist, skaters would just jump as many times as possible during the program and not do anything else to rack up their score, and thats not figure skating, thats endurance speed...

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It is hard to say - so many factors. Jumps aren't uniform, all trainers teach differently and all skaters jump differently, hence it's impossible to give precise numbers on a question like this. I'll try to answer according to the techniques that my trainer taught me and that I'm teaching to my pupils.

I'd like to mention that I don't allow my pupils to think about pre-rotating on the ice at all. It misses the mark because it doesn't aid in learning the jump. Also, the answers given below are for single jumps done correctly, even expertly at high speeds - not the pre-rotation a beginner learning them or just having learned them can do or should try to do.

Why does pre-rotation on the ice occur at all? It is because all jumps are jumped in a circle, from an edge curving into the circle. The closer you get to the jump, the more rotation you create in preparation for it, and the stronger the edge curves, ending in a sort of hook before take off. That's where most of the...

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Figure skating is a sport with participants across the world. Originally based in North America and Europe, the sport has experienced a major expansion in the countries of East Asia.

The international governing body of the sport is the International Skating Union (ISU). Only those nations which are members of the International Skating Union are allowed to compete in the figure skating events in the Olympic Games.


Some countries within Asia are listed here if they may compete at the European Championships.



In Australia[edit]

Brisbane hosted the World Junior Championships in 1988 and 1996. Stephanie Zhang (ladies' bronze, 2000) and Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya / Harley Windsor (pairs gold in 2016) have won ISU Junior Grand Prix medals for Australia.

In Austria[edit]

In 1897, Gustav...

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For most Americans, who might watch figure skating once or twice a year, the grueling seven-hour training sessions, countless falls, and warrior-like mental discipline behind it are lost in the face of the glittering costumes and pop music. But behind every seemingly effortless execution of a quadruple jump is a ferocious athleticism. Reigning Olympic figure skating champion, Evan Lysacek, embodies that mix of subtle grace and steely determination. The 27-year-old Chicago native claimed gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics and is in training for the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia, where he'll attempt to become the first man to win back-to-back Olympic figure-skating titles in more than half a century. Lysacek was generous enough to reveal nine figure-skating exercises he uses; they maximize overall athleticism no matter what your sport.

Consecutive Broad Jumps

Figure skating requires great explosive power. One way Lysacek trains for his on-ice aerials is by...

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Here’s an Olympic time lapse for you. In 1936, Sonja Henie of Norway won her third consecutive gold medal in women’s figure skating without ever having rotated more than once in the air. Three-quarters of a century later, in 2010, Japan’s Mao Asada landed three triple axels—the three-and-a-half-rotation jump that’s the most difficult in the women’s repertoire to date—and still had to settle for silver in Vancouver.

Some figure-skating aficionados bemoan the increased emphasis placed on extreme jumping skills in contemporary competition—a development we’ve tracked in the video above—but it wasn’t always thus. As late as 1968, American gold medalist Peggy Fleming could win applause from the audience in Grenoble for a mere single axel. The weight placed on compulsory figures, in which skaters would trace precise patterns in the ice with their blades, left some talented jumpers in the shadows: the U.S.’s Elaine Zayak (sixth place, 1984) and Japan’s astonishing Midori Ito (fifth...

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A figure skating competition is a judged sports competition in figure skating.

Types of figure skating competitions[edit]


International competitions sanctioned by the International Skating Union are governed by ISU rules. Skaters are entered by their respective national skating federations.


National championships are held by individual national skating federations and governed by their domestic rules.

Qualifying competitions for the national championships are held by some larger countries with many skaters. National championships in lower age or skill divisions, such as junior and novice, are held in some countries.

Results from national championships are excluded from SB and PB scores.


Club competitions, also known as non-qualifying competitions, organized by a local figure skating club. These events have open entries and typically many age or test level...

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Level 4 Figure – Free Skating program

a) Well balanced Free program with emphasis on spins and jumps that demonstrates mastery of backward skating. All turns and edges may be performed.

b) Duration 2 minutes +/- 10 sec.

c) The program can contain only Level 1, 2 and 3 elements and at least 4 of the following specified Level 4 elements. 7 elements are to be selected by the skater as technical elements to be called and identified on the planned program sheet.

Salchow Toe loop Loop jump...
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