Friday, January 1, 2016

Skating Fridays

A (Failed) Double Loop Attempt

Happy New Year!

I thought it would be fun to start off 2016 with a video, and something from my 2016 skating goals list.

I have been fortunate enough to take some skating seminars from a world-reknown Olympic coach. I have kept in touch with her and was able to share my double salchow video with her a little while ago. See, a year and a half ago, she told me that I had the ability to land this jump. In fact, she said that I would land it when I was ready.

I was ready in November, when I finally landed a double salchow (albeit cheated) for the first time. When the Olympic coach saw my video, her reply back to me was, "Yay! Now go work on double loop."

The reasoning for working on the double loop is to get used to the air position so that it transfers over into the double salchow. Essentially, all jumps (and landings) are the same while in the air. The difference is in the takeoff.

If I can train my body to feel the double loop in the air, then it should translate into the other jumps. Theoretically, anyway. My brain seems to always get in the way, so I'll take whatever tricks it takes to fool myself into doing something correctly.

Coach B had me working on this pattern for double loop. It is nowhere near close to being correct or landed, but this was the first day I attempted them.

Enjoy!

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