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6.2.5 Flip jump


This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.

6.2.5 Flip jump

The flip jump is a toe-assisted jump starting from a shallow LBI edge
(usually after a LFO 3-turn). The toe-pick of the right (free) leg is
planted in the ice behind the direction of travel and the skater
vaults from the right leg, rotating one full rotation and landing on a
RBO edge.

The flip doesn't have quite as nice a stepping-stone as the loop jump,
so that might make them seem harder -- there's no easy way to get the
feel for them as a full-rotation jump. However, here are a few tips.

-- Make the 3-turn pretty flat, almost on a straight line.

-- Check strongly after the 3-turn, with the right arm behind and the
left arm across the front of the body (like the loop preparation). You
should feel a strong pull in your right shoulder blade. Think about
keeping the right arm slightly above parallel with the ice. Keep the
shoulder open, so when you swing the right arm, it comes around, not

-- Keep the hips square to the "straight line" you're on after the

-- Hold the LBI edge and bend your left knee a lot. Do not move your
arms and shoulders yet. Bend forwards so that your upper body is on
the same line as your right leg (Think of a rigid bar going from your
right toe to your head)

-- Don't kick the ice when you pick. In this jump, you must transfer
your weight from the left to the right side. The right toepick has to
be able to support your weight and pull you into the air. To feel
this, stand on your left skate and reach back with your right leg,
held straight and with the toe extended. Hook the ice and pull your
left skate backwards, rising on your right leg.

-- Jump on your left knee. Meanwhile release the check at your
shoulders: Move the right arm forwards alongside your body and bring
in your left arm towards you. Pull back with your upper body so that
you are still on a straight line with your right leg. If you want,
kick upwards with your left knee in order to put your centre of
gravity on your right leg more easily.

-- Turn your head towards your left -- same sense you are jumping
(this will force your left shoulder back a bit, so it can be very
useful if you feel you are stopping yourself from rotating ). Keep
arms folded close to your body.

-- In the air, cross legs at the ankles in a backspin position. For
this reason, working on backspins is a helpful exercise.

-- You can use half-flips as a stepping stone, but they can easily
become a crutch. After the LFO 3-turn, pick with the free right leg,
jump up, and land again on the toe-pick of the right leg, stepping
forward onto a LFO edge. Go back and take a look at how much distance
you covered doing the above. Then do it again, this time making a
conscious effort to use your picking foot to pull yourself backwards.
The distance should get longer.


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