San Diego Figure Skating Communications

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Basic Skating Skills and Figure Skating

Flip Jump
  The takeoff of a Flip jump is similar to a Salchow except that the back inside edge takeoff of the Salchow is combined with a toe assist in the Flip jump to launch the skater into the air. The landing is on the same back outside edge. 
Transition/Connecting Steps

Many skaters commonly use a left forward outside 3-Turn to setup the entry edge. The 3-Turn usually starts from a forward inside glide on the left foot. The free foot extends forward as the skater changes edge with a toe push. As the free leg extends backwards the skater achieves extra power into the shallow LFO 3-turn with an almost straight line LBI edge.

The jump can also be entered from a individual RFI mohawk turn or performed after a more complicated footwork series of steps and turns.

  The actual takeoff edge is a shallow back left inside edge. The right free leg extends backward to allow the toe pick to assist in vaulting the skater into the air. 
  The majority of skaters rotate in the Counter-Clockwise (CCW) direction. They extend their right leg directly behind the skating foot and toe of the skate is inserted into the ice producing a pole vaulting action and land backward on their right foot.

Clockwise (CW) direction skaters extend their left foot directly behind the skater and toe of the skate is then inserted into the ice producing a pole vaulting action. The skater lands backward on their left foot.

Rotation in the Air

The skater performs one full rotation in the air. The rotation occurs around the leg that tapped into the ice.


The skater should land on a backward curve that is a continuation of the takeoff curve. The landing force is cushioned by bending landing knee while extending the free leg. An erect core body (head up, level shoulders, and straight back) facilitates a skater being able to control the landing.

Exit Edge/Curve

The landing should continue the flow (speed) of the entry into the jump with no noticeable loss of flow on the landing.

Entry curve of the jump's takeoff should continue through the arc of the landing/exiting edge.

The free leg should fully extend after landing. The landing should be held long enough to establish the skater has complete control of the landing!

Common Errors
  • Pre rotation of the shoulders and hips prior to the takeoff.
  • Many skaters hold their free leg unusually high (in some cases above hip height), before it descends to contact the ice for the tap.
  • Not jumping high enough to accomplish the full rotation in the air.
  • A major loss of control occurs in the air when the knee of the free leg is bent and wraps around the landing leg. 
  • Not checking the landing. If the core body (arms, shoulders, head) does not check the rotation in the air as preparation for landing, the skater's body will continue to rotate after landing resulting in a whipping action producing an uncontrolled edge lacking a smooth gliding exit curve.
  • Landing heavily on toe pick causing an immediate loss of flow out of the jump.
  • The free leg never fully extends after landing. Usually accompanied by the skater quickly stepping forward, changing edge, and/or bending at waist in an attempt to maintain their balance without putting their hand(s) or free leg down to avoid a fall.