New Pairs Element – Throw Loop Jump
One of the judges wrote on our Adult Silver Pairs test form that we needed more variety in our jumps. We had a throw salchow, side-by-side salchow, and side-by-side salchow/toe loop combination. Yes, that judge was definitely onto something and had a great point.
After our test, the two of us went off to do some research to see what other throw jumps were possible. The one that we both agreed upon was the throw loop jump. It appeared to have the same base hold as the loop lift, which we knew how to do. And the loop jump is one of my strongest jumps as a singles skater, so it made sense to try.
We attempted a few off-ice, and they went pretty well. I didn’t land them on one foot (so I wouldn’t twist my ankle and hurt my knee), but they were fully rotated.
The first time we tried this, I busted my partner in the face with my elbow. Oops. The second time, I rotated it but couldn’t land (and ended up falling pretty hard on the ice). We left it at that and tried it again the next time we were on the ice together.
This attempt went much better. We made some slight adjustments to our base hand positions and that made a huge difference. I’m thrilled to share this video, as the jump is clean, even if it’s teeny tiny at the moment.
It’s pretty exciting to have a potential new element to add to our program arsenal. We’ll keep working on it and see if we can add it into our program!