Skating Fridays

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!


  1. George A.
    December 7, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Looks good Eva!

    • evabakes
      December 7, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks, George! It still has a long way to go but at least it’s progress!

  2. Rebecca
    December 8, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    Happy belated birthday Eva! I really enjoy the analysis videos and nice job on the double sal!

    • evabakes
      December 8, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! šŸ˜„

  3. Greg
    December 8, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Soooo close ! Although we all know how long it can take to get that last bit. Looking very good anyway.

    • evabakes
      December 8, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks, Greg! Getting that last quarter turn is the hardest part. I had the same trouble on my axel.

  4. December 8, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    Happy happy birthday! That is a really great improvement–all those videos have done their job. Enjoy watching them (and your beautiful baking pics too). Hope your double salchow improvement was also followed by cake!

    • evabakes
      December 8, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      My birthday was last month and I believe I did enjoy some cake! I hope to make more progress on this jump soon!

  5. December 13, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Hi Eva, sooo close, I can really see the improvement. I’m glad you have such a good technical coach.

    • evabakes
      December 13, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      Iā€™m still 1/4 revolution short! Ahhhh! I hope to get that final quarter turn soon.

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