Salchow or Waltz Jump?
A few weeks ago, I shared the video from my most recent competition with you. I also shared that on my protocol, the technical controller called one of my elements a waltz jump instead of a salchow (as I had planned it). I posted the video to an adult figure skating message board to see what they thought and how it should have been coded.
I know that many of you reading this are not figure skaters so I will do my best to explain the differences in the takeoffs for a waltz jump and a salchow. I’d love to get your thoughts on how you’d “call” this element. Don’t worry, I’ve already enlisted the help of my coaches to get their take on what to do the next time so we avoid this debacle moving forward. I’m just curious to understand what you see and what your opinion is.
A waltz jump takes off from a forward outside edge. The outside edge is generally pretty pronounced, and skaters glide on that edge for at least a few blades lengths prior to takeoff. The free leg typically drags behind the skating leg and kicks through on the takeoff.
A salchow starts on a backwards inside edge, pivots on the toe pick and takes off going forward. The backwards inside edge can be achieved through a forward outside 3-turn entry, mohawk entry, backward crossover entry (a “cross-cut” as they say in Canada) or any other move that results in a backwards inside edge. Salchows and waltz jumps are cousins since the rotation in the air is very similar/the same after takeoff.
My salchow takes off from an Ina Bauer, which is unusual so it probably baffled the technical panel. Take a look:
What element would you call this? Please comment below!