Skating Fridays

Axel Contest

Skating Friends – are you familiar with iCoachSkating.com? If not, you need to go there immediately and subscribe! I have been a dedicated reader for many years and have learned SO MUCH from these world-reknowned coaches.

This website is organized very well, with topics broken down by element or by coach. While there is a monthly fee to subscribe, it costs less than most half hour lessons with your regular coach!

Anyway, I was excited when I saw that the website was sponsoring its first-ever Axel contest! Skaters are encouraged to submit a video (less than 10 seconds in length) of a single Axel. There are several age groups, including one for adults!

Each video is going to be judged by a panel of 3 experts for 75% of the skater’s score. Then, a select group of finalists will be chosen for a public vote, which constitutes 25% of the total score. Each age category will win cash prizes of up to $100 (2nd place receives $75 while 3rd place gets $25)!

I went ahead and submitted a video (it’s the second one from the video you all saw last week). Several hours after emailing my entry, the organizer replied back with this note:

Hi! We got Eva’s Axel video! IT IS AWESOME!! WHEN DID YOU LEARN THIS?? AS AN ADULT OR A KID?? IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!

When I replied back and let them know that I truly learned this as an adult and took another 8 years to learn how to cross my feet, this is the reply I received:

That’s awesome! WHAT A FAB STORY! SUPER IMPRESSIVE EVA! We are totalllllly impressed!

Oh my goodness – you can bet that these comments made my day. Fingers crossed that my video gets chosen to be one of the finalists in the adult category!

If you are an adult skater with an Axel or coach someone (or know of someone) who has a beautiful Axel video, please encourage them to go to iCoachSkating.com to submit an entry! Contest ends on November 19.


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