I'm a figure skater and I was wondering if anybody can give me some advice or support. See, there's this jump called the axel and basically I take off forward, turn one and a half times in the air, and land backwards on the other foot. I've been working on it for two years on-and-off and I haven't landed it yet. I get really close and then I fail. So can somebody give me tips on how to go about landing it or just support? Thanks a million and one times.
Hi there! I worked on my Axel for a while too, and recently landed it, so I hope I can be of help! First off, I learned that you should never jump unless you feel completely balanced on your outside edge. It's really hard to stay straight in the air if you whip your arms around, too. Does your rink have a harness to practice jumps? They really help! You've probably landed it by now (because, now that I'm looking, you posted it in March!) but best of luck anyway!
I"M TRYING TO LAND MY AXEL!!!!! I feel like it's impossible. I have an exercise that might help. (You have to know what a back scratch spin is) Go into the spin like you're doing a back scratch but don't cross your legs, keep your free leg extended while spinning. Bend (while spinning) then come back up. It gives you the motion of going into it, it helped me. The best thing is time and practice:)
Thanks guys for your help! Actually, due to some unforseen circumstances I had to give up on the axel. I injured my knee and my doctors and therapists suggested I do ice dancing instead because the jumping motion and the landings are too hard on my knees. Thank you guys for your help and support!