Combination Jump “Game” – Part 3, Euler Salchow Combos (Lorie Charbonneau)

International coach Lorie Charbonneau continues an exercise/game she uses for encouraging skaters to efficiently work through all of their combination jumps. In Part 1 the game focused on double toe loop combinations while Part 2 focused on double loop combinations. In this video, the game remains the same but the focus is on double jump, Euler, double salchow three jump combinations. The value in this videos isn’t so much the mechanics of the game itself which we learned about in Part 1, but Lorie’s teaching comments during the game and her additional comments about the purpose and value of the game.

Lorie begins by explaining that at this point in the “game” the skaters are getting tired (after already working through all their two jump combos). The Euler salchow combos tend to be easier for most skaters, so at this point in the game the idea of building stamina becomes a primary goal. Lorie says, “To learn triple jumps, you’re going to have to be safe but you also have to be very strong and this (game) is a good way to build up that strength for jump repetitions without the chance of injury.”

This part of the game starts with axel-Euler-double salchow. Lorie warns that the Euler itself is commonly the most downgraded jump, especially for skaters doing triple jump Euler triple jump. So focusing on a clean Euler during the game is important. She also notes that skaters can put the free leg either in front or behind when doing the Euler. She prefers the free leg behind, but it works better for some skaters in front. Lorie notes, “I think it’s easier if you’re going to do triple to land with your free leg behind.”

Lorie also explains, “This is a really nice way to get a three jump [combo] in your program if skaters really aren’t very good yet at doing their double double combinations and you can also use a three jump now for test program.” So doing Euler double salchow is often an easier way of satisfying the requirements for testing where a combination must include two double jumps.

To learn the Euler as part of a three jump combination, Lorie recommends using a waltz jump as the first jump since it has such good flow and requires skaters to understand “how to rotate the Euler on it’s own.” This also highlights another benefit of working on these combinations, where a very clean landing is generally required on the first jump to maintain the desired flow.


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