Skating Fridays

Best axel of my life {Video}

Those of you who have been on my axel journey (9 years and counting) know that it took me about 8 years before I finally learned how to cross my legs. I had been doing this jump with a ‘stork leg,’ which was really ugly. But hey, it got the job done.

Coach desperately wanted me to get rid of the ‘adult leg syndrome’ and cross my legs. For the past few weeks, I’ve been working very hard on getting this concept into muscle memory. It’s funny – she mentioned that working on the double salchow was going to help my axel, and she was totally right. While I still haven’t landed a fully clean double sal yet (YET!!!), my axel has gotten significantly better.

I’d like to end 2016 on this high note – a big axel with fully crossed legs! I know that I’m not fully crossing at the ankles yet, but I’m taking baby steps and hope to get there some day. This is my best axel to date, and I am pleased to have gotten it on video.

Happy New Year to all, and I’ll see you in 2017!

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