All About Eulers – Part 1 (Kate Charbonneau)

Coach Kate Charbonneau begins a presentation on the Euler. Historically, the Euler has been called a “half loop” in the USA and elsewhere, but with it’s renewed significance as a result of it’s value in jump combinations in competitive IJS events, the formal name Euler is being used more and more. An Euler is an edge jump that takes off from the axis foot and lands on the non-axis foot.

Kate begins by explaining that before introducing an Euler (or the loop jump) she prefers skaters to have a basic backspin, which she defines as a backspin with three revolutions and a basic exit (“somewhat of a checkout”). She shows two options for the basic backspin, both planting the axis toe pick and either pressing from the non-axis toe into the rotation or pumping with the n0n-axis foot into the rotation. If a skater hops on the axis foot in the backspin or exit, that’s OK and is actually another useful exercise as a precursor to the Euler and loop.

At the wall, Kate teaches a basic Euler by standing on the axis foot with the non-axis leg extended and then turning the axis foot on the ice to simulate a forward inside three turn while “folding” the free leg in front, which bends and crosses the axis. The skater then does a full turn on the ice with the free foot crossed (using hands on wall for balance and guidance) and then steps down onto the non-axis foot and extends the axis leg behind. To add the “jump” into this exercise, Kate only does a half turn on the axis foot and then hops to the non-axis foot to complete the movement. Once a skater understand this thoroughly, the process is sped up and some gliding along the wall can be added as well.

Moving the exercise away from the wall, Kate simply repeats the movements by starting from a strong forward inside edge (T-position push) into the forward inside three turn. After a skater can do this comfortably from the forward inside edge, it’s time to use a more standard back outside edge (2 foot) entry. It’s important to turn all the way to forward on the ice and keep the feet crossed throughout. Kate demonstrates some solo Eulers and then an Euler salchow combination.


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