I was going to take this opportunity to congratulate our U.S.A Men's hockey team on a fantastic start, but Liz did a wonderful job doing that. So then I was like, 'Well, I'll talk about Apolo and how he has rocked my world the past 10 years.' But my roommate, Drew, dashed my hopes and informed me that no matter how much I speak of him he will not appear at my door; he is not Bloody Mary.
So, I do what any normal human does during dinner and watch Men's Figure Skating (AGAIN) on the DVR while explaining to Drew why one jump is more difficult than the next. When it hits me! I know the difference between the jumps and most normal human beings do not. It is now my quest to educate everyone on figure skating jumps. This is going to be done in Lisa talk and not the IOC talk that Scott Hamilton uses, though I do love him and his cute little bald head.
First off, The Salchow. The jump gets it name from the Russian dude who invented it in the early 1900s. This is the jump that occurs when the skater appears to be skating in a straight line, and then while still on the ice he does three random foot to foot spins. Then he takes his free leg, swings it in front of him, when all of a sudden he is up in the air rotating. He lands backwards on the foot that he originally swung around. Get it? Good!
Second, The Toe Loop. This jump gets its name because the skater takes off by using his toepick. This jump can take off with the skater going either forward or backward, but usually it begins with the skater doing the same three-foot spin and taking off from the front position. They should always land backwards on their outside foot.
The loop is another type but it is very similar to the toe loop with the exception that they don't use their toe pick, they just jump off their outside foot and land on the same foot. This is usually the second jump when they do combinations. Just imagine Scott Hamilton getting all excited saying "Weir just landed a beautiful triple Salchow, triple loop."
The flip and The Lutz are very similar. They both usually take-off from a backward stance; the flip starts on the inside edge, the lutz from an outside edge. The skater jumps by using the free foots pick to elevate him in to the air... Are you getting everything? You're almost ready to judge tonight's free skate... but there's one more...
The dreaded axel. This is the jump that is known to make or break a performance. The skater starts from a forward position, does one and a half spins, and lands on the opposite foot gliding backwards. When you hear the term 'triple axel', that really means that they are spinning 4 and a half times before landing. That's pretty impressive, especially when you think that some men are now mastering the quad... dum, dum, dum. (that was supposed to be dramatic, yet suspenseful at the same time).
Well there you have it, you can now go impress all of your friends at the bar tonight and call tonight's performance... right? RIGHT?? That's what I thought...
Johnny Weir currently 6th - U.S.A.
Evan Lysacek currently 2nd - U.S.A.
Evgeni Plushenko currently 1st - Russia