Extended and Crossed Legs (Flip Jump)
One of the biggest issues with my jumps is that I cannot for the life of me straighten my left leg in the air. It’s always bent. Coach B has told me ad nauseum that I need to straighten that left leg. My mind understands what to do, but my body cannot execute it (this is, sadly, the story of my skating life).
Coach B told me to do a “Canadian” half flip jump where I double pick/hop on my toe pick. She told me to focus on getting full extension up through my top toe pick.
I did a few and she went bonkers. I wasn’t sure if I didn’t something wrong, but she said that I got crazy height and that my leg was straight.
So we tried the Canadian half flip again, followed by a single flip jump. Same entrance.
Again, Coach B went crazy. She went to grab her phone to video me. I was able to repeat what I did previously:
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. We’ve been working on crossing my legs for YEARS (no exaggeration here) and extending my legs. To see that I am actually capable of doing this is nothing short of a miracle.
If I can just translate this same feeling into all my other jumps (and fix my flappy chicken arms), then I’ll be set.