This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.
The loop jump is an "edge" jump, starting from a RBO edge and
finishing on an RBO edge after one rotation.
Here is an exercise that can help you get a feeling for what the jump
feels like. Start either from backward CCW crossovers or a RFI 3 turn
(the 3 turn is easier for most people). Either way, the position for
entering the jump is a RBO edge, left (free) leg in front, left arm
strongly checked in front, right arm strongly checked behind, head
For the exercise, scoop a pot of gold up from the ice with your right
hand as you rotate crossing the free leg across the ankle. Do a single
rotation backspin on the ice and check out with the free leg in back.
The jump is the same, only at the same time that you scoop the pot of
gold up off the ice with the right hand, DEEPLY bend the right knee.
Just before you'd pop into your backspin for the exercise, pop into
the air instead.
Things to remember are:
- make sure that you have a strong RBO edge and a strong check. The
"launch" power comes from pushing up off of a strong edge. The
rotation comes from releasing the check.
- On the entry, avoid having your weight rock forward.
- Keep the free leg IN FRONT of the skating leg. It's very easy,
especially just at the moment of jump, to let it wander off sideways,
out of the circle.
- Keep your head looking inside the circle until just before you jump.
This will keep you from leaning outside the circle.
- Remember to jump through the entire foot, pointing the toe so that
the pick is the last thing to leave the ice