Turning Double Salchow Into Triple – Part 2 (Trevor Laak)

Jump specialist Trevor Laak continues his lesson with a skater who is working on the triple salchow. The skater has a solid double but lacks consistently high enough air times to land the triple. In the first part of this lesson, Trevor focused on generating more jump height on the double by increasing the edge pressure. In this video, Trevor continues this discussion in terms of the triple and a couple triple salchow attempts by the skater. Trevor also shares an important drill that helps create this edge pressure.

Editor’s note: This video is closely related to this video on creating more rotational energy and jump height for the salchow by Michelle Leigh. In that video, Michelle focused on generating more edge pressure.

To start this part of the lesson, the skater attempts a triple, although it lacks air time and is well short on rotation. Using rink-side video, Trevor proves this to the skater. Next, Trevor shares a drill that helps skaters improve the salchow by dramatically increasing edge pressure. In this drill, the skater does a salchow walkthrough but pauses at the moment where the feet are wide and side-by-side. By holding this position with the feet wide and the skater’s body inside the tracing left by the skate, the skater must either press strongly on the edge or fall down. During this drill the weight should be on the middle of the blade (not the front as is often taught!), and if done well, the edge will typically make a crunching sound on the ice, even for relatively light skaters.

On the next triple attempt, the skater falls hard, but the jump is better in terms of edge pressure. The air time is 0.48 seconds which should be enough for a consistent triple. Two other issues Trevor mentions at the end are making sure the take-off pivots all the way to forward (or slightly beyond forward) before the jump leaves the ice, and getting the air position straight (not a “broken arrow” where the skater bends at the waist). Trevor likes the amount of h-position on the triple take-off which you can see in the slow motion jump at 2:28 in the video.


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