Off-Ice Jumps – Part 1: Basics and Axel (Michelle Leigh)

World and Olympic coach Michelle Leigh begins a multi-part series on off-ice jumping.  A large percentage of elite skaters use off-ice jumps as part of their regular training and warm-up.  And top coaches like Michelle often have very valuable insights about how to do it safely and effectively.

As with other off-ice jump videos at iCoachSkating (i.e. Nick Perna, Kori Ade, Tom Hickey, Grace Lee), Michelle starts with basic rotations off 2 feet.  First comes half-turns in one direction, then repeating half turns in both directions.  That is followed by full turns in one direction and repeated full turns in both directions.  For multiple revolution jumps off two feet, the two demonstrators offer alternate methods of starting from a standstill or starting with some initial steps to create rotation.

The video ends with some demonstrations of off-ice double axels.  Michelle explains her preferred entrance for off-ice double axels that uses steps and hops to create some initial rotation.

Check out all the videos in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.


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