Triple Toe Loop Lesson – Part 2 (Kori Ade)

Olympic coach Kori Ade works with one of her skaters learning a triple toe loop.  This is the second part of a 2 part lesson on the triple toe.  See Part 1 here.  As mentioned for Part 1, this stage of the triple toe is a common plateau, so many will benefit from the ideas shared here.

Kori begins this lesson by acknowledging that she likes this skater’s timing for triple toe.  She talks about an even timing for the entrance used, but notes that she wants the skater to say it to themselves in a foreign language in an attempt to get them to slow down.  The best attempt occurs at 0:19 seconds into the video.  Throughout Kori shares her thoughts about each attempt.

Sometimes skaters don’t land jumps because they still don’t know what the jump should “feel” like, even though they already have the skills and the experience with other jumps.  Kori uses the common solution of having skater land a jump they are confident with (but is still hard) and then attempt the jump they are learning, focusing on the feeling of landing it.

Kori also uses the presence of the iCoachSkating camera as motivation for the skater to try a harder.  Master motivators like Kori know how to use almost everything and anything as motivation.  The plank she has the skater do not only gets the skater physically aware of her core, but it provides motivation not to have to do the plank again.  The plank itself is a great tool that more coaches should use for air position improvements.

Notice how the attempts seem to generally get worse as the lesson continues.  This is also common as focus levels and physical stamina come into play.  Good coaches know when to quit.


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