Back to the Original Entry on the Double Salchow
I hope you’ve been enjoying all these analysis videos from my jump coach.
After several analyses, we concluded that my current entry into the jump (a back three-turn into a mohawk) was not creating enough rotation for me on the ice. While normal kids can do this entry successfully, my body just isn’t quick enough to rotate fast in the air and land backwards. We’ve learned that my flight time, while on the higher side, still isn’t enough for my slow self to get all the way around and land cleanly.
So, I suggested that we go back to the original forward 3-turn entry that I first tried at the beginning of this double salchow journey. Back then, it was a hot and swingy mess, but I wanted to see how different it was after months working on the jump from the backward entry.
I attempted a few and got this on video:
Um, yeah! Those are just on the verge of being clean! We know that technical panels are being stricter about the 1/4 turn cheat these days so these wouldn’t get called clean in a competition. But, it’s huge progress!
And my coach was ecstatic to see how much more successful this entry was. The forward 3-turn gave me enough torque to rotate much quicker than the other entry. And with this new entry, I can “feel” an Axel in the air (where I couldn’t previously).
So, this jump has promise with the revised entry. I’m going to keep working on this and see if I can land this fully backwards and squeaky clean.
What was even better was that these were videoed on my birthday. So it was a wonderful birthday present to myself!