Ice Skating – The Single Salchow

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss demonstrates how to do the ice skating jump the Salchow.

    Michael Weiss

    Michael is a Three-time U.S. Men’s Champion, Two-time World Bronze Medalist,Two-time Olympian,World Junior Champion, and World University Champion. He was the first U.S. man to land a quadruple toe loop in competition. In 2002, he debuted a new skate blade, the “Freedom Blade,” which enabled him to perform tricky maneuvers that no one else could copy. He also originated a showy and gymnastic-like move called the “Tornado” that he performs in exhibitions to thunderous applause. It is a back flip with a full twist, and he is the only skater EVER to perform this dangerous stunt. Accolades fill his resume, including the Skating Magazine Readers Choice Award (2000) and the Professional Skaters’ Association Edi Award in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001 for “Best Performance by a Male Skater.” Off the ice, in 2001, International Figure Skating magazine named him one of the “Ten Most Beautiful People in Figure Skating.” He is member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Collegiate Honor Society, and received his Associates Degree in Business at Prince Georges College. One of his most proud accomplishments came in 2002, when he was awarded the "Father of the Year" award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, for his commitment to family. After amassing 11 National medals, and over 30 international medals, Weiss hung up his competitive skates and set his sites on Professional skating in 2006. Within the last 2 years, Michael has been featured in 10 skating specials on NBC TV produced by Disson skating, including Andrea Bocelli Tribute on Ice, Gretchen Wilson's Country on Ice, Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular, Gymnastics and Skating Spectacular, Kristi Yamaguchi Family and Friends, just to name a few. He is currently touring with Emmy award winning - Smucker's Stars on Ice, performing in over 60 shows worldwide this year alone. He has also been steadfast in his commitment to recognize his good fortune and give back to the skating community. In 2004, he and wife Lisa Thornton Weiss created the Michael Weiss Foundation. Since its launch, the Foundation has given over $115,000 in scholarships to several young, promising U.S. Olympic hopefuls.

    Michael Weiss: Hi! I am Michael Weiss; three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion.

    We're talking about the six basic figure skating jumps. Of those jumps you have the edge jumps and the toe jumps. First, we are going to discuss the edge jumps. The easiest of the edge jumps being the Salchow. What differentiates the salchow from the other jumps is the take off. You take off skating backwards with a left back inside edge of the blade, no assistance from the other foot, springing yourself up into the air, one rotation, two rotations or three rotations, always landing on the right back outside edge.

    Now, where this can get complicated is when you have a skater who rotates the opposite direction. I rotate like many skaters, all of my jumps and spins to the left.

    Some skaters, about 15% rotate to the right. In that case, they won't be taking off on the left back inside edge; they will be taking off on the right back inside edge, turning the other direction and landing on the left back outside edge. They will always land on the left back outside edge, rotating this way will always land on the right back outside edge.

    So, let's take a look at the single salchow, the double salchow and the triple salchow. Now, a common mistake on the salchow is that skaters will jump into the ice, as opposed to bending the knees, stretching the arms and using them altogether in unison to spring out of the ice together. They will spin the three turn and jump into the ice. That energy goes down. We want energy going up into the take off. Another thing that is noticeable about the salchow that you will notice, is you have a three turn on the take off. This three turn is a half rotation that allows the skater to create momentum in the direction of the jump. Now, that three turn can really assist you in getting extra height and extra rotation on the salchow.

    Now, we've taken a look at the easiest of the ice skating edge jumps. Let's take a look at the next most difficult figure skating jump which is the loop jump.