Double and Triple Flip Jump Prints and Theory (Nick Perna)

International coach and jump specialist Nick Perna continues his series of videos discussing and explaining the prints left on the ice for various jumps. In this video he discusses the double and triple flip jump print.

Other videos in this series:

Axel Prints Part 1
Axel Prints Part 2
Salchow Prints Part 1
Salchow Prints Part 2
Landing Prints
Toe Loop Prints
Loop Jump Prints

As with the other major jumps (except axel), Nick teaches a flip jump on a straight line. He prefers using a straight line three turn which essentially exits on a flat. The skater then does a slight blurb or foot movement which appears as an outside edge on the print. The purpose of the blurb is to position the skater’s upper body (center of mass) to the axis side of the skating foot, allowing the skate to switch to a solid inside edge prior to takeoff. Nick notes that the blurb on a good double or triple flip is very shallow, and the inside edge varies quite a bit from skater to skater. Some skaters have a relatively strong and active inside edge, while others have a shallow edge with less edge pressure. In general, most flip jumps do not have as much active edge as the other 5 primary jumps. Ideally the toe pick mark is in-line with the three turn exit edge and the jump landing also lines up with that edge, highlighting how the skater’s center of mass continues in a relatively straight line.

Nick cautions against doing the jump from a strong inside three turn, as it causes the jump to be spinny and lack flow and control. Similarly, Nick encourages the use of a blurb because on a relatively straight jump without it the skater may have a tendency to perform a lutz instead, or the final edge may be so flat that the technical panel might give an edge call. The blurb sets the skater up to create an obvious inside edge to jump off. Nick notes that the flip jump used to be called a “toe salchow” as it was originally thought of as a regular salchow with a toe assist.

A good flip jump print leaves the ice from the non-axit foot in a “toe flick” from the inside edge of the bottom toe pick. Nick makes a point of noting that the non-axis foot should leave the ice from the toe and not the heel of the skate and he draws an example of the resulting curved toe flick. [Editor’s note: At 4:29 Nick says “on the good lutz jumps” but he means the good flip jumps.) The toe flick print looks a bit like a snakes tongue from the blade and the toe flick.

Nick acknowledges that a skater may use a shallow forward outside rocker rather than a three turn and blurb, as long as the skater correctly shifts to the inside edge for takeoff. He explains that he has his skaters practice straight line turns and mohawks, coming out on a flat or inside or outside edges at will, with the ability to change edge after the initial exit as well.


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