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Bigger (and better?) salchow

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I’ve struggled a lot with the double salchow jump. I’ve landed maybe a handful of them. I desperately want this to be in my jump arsenal.

My coach and I have been dissecting my jump frame by frame, movement by movement. We’ve been doing this for several years now (maybe 6 or so? Possibly more). While the single salchow on its own is just fine, I’ve needed to make tweaks to it in order to make it “double-able.”

One thing that my coach noticed is that I’m not creating a big enough “blurb” before I pivot into the jump. He and I have been focusing on flattening out my three turn and really exaggerating the blurb.

I finally got one on video, and I confirmed with him that this jump is now correct! As a result, I gained some air time! I think this one clocks in at about 0.43 seconds, which is much bigger than my normal salchow. I must have gained at least 0.06 of a second. For those non-skaters, this might not seem like a lot of time, but it is when it comes to skating. Every hundredth of a second makes a difference, and it can mean landing a jump or not.

All jumps, whether they are singles or quadruples, are executed in less than a second. I believe my coach told me that Ilia Malinin’s quadruple axel comes in at around 0.86 seconds. So that means he’s got double my air time in this jump!

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