San Diego Figure Skating Communications
An Information Resource for
Basic Skating Skills and Figure Skating
|The takeoff of a
Salchow is from a
back inside edge takeoff with the
free leg thrust helping to launch
the skater into the air. The landing is on the back outside
edge of the free leg.
|Many skaters commonly use a left
outside 3-Turn to setup the entry edge. After
free leg extends backwards to establish the LBI takeoff edge.
The jump can also be entered from a individual RFI mohawk turn or performed out of a more complicated footwork series of steps and turns.
|The actual takeoff edge is a
left inside edge. The right free leg extends backward to allow
the skater time the push against the ice from the left root while using
a thrusting motion from the free leg to achieve maximum height
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 land backward on their
direction skaters extend the left foot
directly behind the skater and the skater lands backward on their left
|Rotation in the Air|
skater performs one full rotation in the air. The rotation occurs
around the free leg after it achieves the top of its arc.
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 tocontrol the landing.
|The landing should continue the
flow (speed) of the entry into the jump with no noticeable loss of flow
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!