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Big Muscle Backspin (Tom Zakrajsek)

World and Olympic coach Tom Zakrajsek discusses the importance of a “big muscle backspin” as a tool for improving jump air position. This is essentially a regular backspin with details that make it more valuable as a jump training tool. Tom explains, “The idea of the big muscle backspin is that skaters have to pull […]

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Figure Skating Jumps – Are Figure Skaters Projectiles? (Trevor Laak)

Below is a revised and updated version (2022) of an article originally published in 2007 by Trevor Laak on his SkateCoach/ blog which details jump height estimates based on jump air times. That article can be found at this link. The idea is simple: Ignoring negligible air friction and aerodynamic effects, once a skater leaves […]

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