Skating Fridays

Double Salchow in the Harness

I asked our skating director for a harness lesson to see if I could do this jump successfully. As you all know, I am missing the final 1/4 turn when I attempt the jump on my own.

Theoretically, I have enough air time to get all the way around, but something isn’t clicking. So off to the harness I went to see what was going on.

Surprisingly, I landed most of these clean. And this one that I am sharing with you below is actually a quarter turn OVERrotated (according to my jump coach).

When my jump coach analyzed this in this fancy app, he noticed that my air time in the harness was 0.46 seconds. My typical double salchow attempts are usually 0.36 to 0.41 seconds. This means that I am getting almost a full tenth of a second more in the air. That’s why I am able to land these cleanly.

If you’re asking if the skating director was helping me on the jump, the answer is no. I asked her several times if she was pulling up to help give me more height, and she vehemently denied it. She said that this jump was all me.

I hope to get in the harness more often to see if I can start to develop more muscle memory and translate this to a jump on my own.


  1. January 19, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    Wow, this looks like a big jump! I was just commenting to someone at the rink how much the harnesses seem to help skaters. In gymnastics and diving there are all these ways of assisting or spotting moves, but skaters always just resign themselves to falling until they get it right. I hope this does the trick, Eva–you certainly look like the jump is coming along.

    • evabakes
      January 20, 2019 / 8:36 pm

      I hope it does the trick too. I am determined to land a fully clean jump this year!

  2. Rebecca
    January 21, 2019 / 4:55 pm

    That looks amazing Eva!! You’ve definitely got this jump 🙂

    • evabakes
      January 21, 2019 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Rebecca! It’s getting closer!

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