Skating Fridays

Axel progress… somewhat

I’m still working on fixing my axel jump and hope to have it fairly decent in time for the competition at the end of the month. Coach B and I have had a few additional lessons in the harness, and while those have gotten slightly better, I’m not advancing as much as I had hoped. For whatever reason, I seem to perform the jump better on the ice sans harness than doing it in the harness.

I have worked very hard on the entrance to the jump to make sure that my back is straight and that my leg is bent backwards. I am standing up straighter in the jump, but my problem is the landing. My hips and legs open up before I touch down on the ice with my toe pick. The tightest part of the jump should be the landing, but I am anticipating it too early.

Coach B has a few helpful exercises for me to try, so I will need to continue working on those.

Here is what my axel jump looks like right now. I think it has improved since the last videos I showed you, but I’m probably biased.



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