One of the goals that I set for myself this year is to make the axel my strongest jump. I'm currently at a stage where it's either 100% there or not at all. I think part of the problem is that I have a mental block since I don't want to further injure my knee. I was skating into the axel with a lot of speed a few weeks ago, but after hurting my knee, I've slowed it down a bit. As a result, the jump has not made much progress.
Regardless, this is still an improvement from last year. I've been focusing on pulling in tighter and crossing my legs.
And a a comparison, here is what it looked like in December of last year. Note that I was a bit cautious going into the jump.
Let me know your thoughts!