Monday, June 21

Is the quad a more dangerous jump to practice in terms of more injuries to skaters and so on? And if so, should skaters accept the risk as they do with other jumps, or focus instead on upping the ante on other elements of the program?

I think it is more dangerous in a sense that most men don't land the quad on a consistent basis, so therefore every time they go into the air, it is somewhat of a gamble on whether they are going to come down and land the jump perfectly or crash to the ice face first. Many of the men can do all of the triples with a decent consistency ratio, but I'm sure there are skaters that still fear doing certain other jumps, as well. It all just depends what you are comfortable with.

I remember an Austrian skater by the name of Christian Rauchbauer who nearly qualified to the free skate at the 2007 World Championships. In the short program, he landed a quad toe, triple toe/triple toe combo, and a double Axel. You can tell the toe jump just comes easy to him as to where he might not even have a Lutz and doesn't seem to have a triple Axel.

If you can't do the quad, it's not the end of the world. Many of the men today have developed their own styles and flow across the ice effortlessly with plenty of difficult transitions and choreography. But if your skating skills are weak and you really like jumping, you better be doing quads all over the place if you ever want to contend!

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you can´t quad is not the end of the world. When you are weaker than a lady novice and the only sport you could practice except FS is curling (in the best-case scenario) you can always flow across the ice effortlessly with plenty of difficult transitions and choreography, and ask Tony Wheeler, the ultimate expert, to help you with a little bit of propaganda. Of course you´ll call yourself an athlete and you´ll complain about the bad people who say that FS is for gays and women! Oopss,did I say gay?
Next question, please!!!!

Tony said...

Sounds like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Anonymous said...

Maybe, but my mood certainly changed after reading your post! God, is it so hard to have a nice program and a personal style and some quads? Do you think that we are all so stupid to buy dumb explanations like, a quad is easy, I can quad anytime but I think it´s more interesting to skate without a quad!!! If the skaters only knew how pathetic they look when they´re tryng to explain us why they don´t have quads in their programs! Put the damn quad into the program, girl(sorry, boy)! Jumping a quad, or 2, or 3 or 100 doesn´t mean that your skating skills are weak!

Anonymous said...

Wow it is like I posted here while sleeping! Lysacek was all over the place saying I can't do a quad or I'll break my foot!!!!! Then he tries one and US nationals and fails horribly then doesn't do one at the olympics. I don't get why he was willing to break his foot at US nationals but not the Olympics. It is because at the Olympics his campaign for victory included saying I don't do a quad so I am artisitc and Tony Wheeler buys that line of thinking 100% absolutely!! Tony Wheeler has been brainwashed by Carroll and Lysacek and antiquadders.

Anonymous said...

christian rauchbauer had all triple jumps including axel. He skated the first time at the worlds (he didn't do europeans before either) and landed his fist quad toeloop at the practice in tokio. So it was enough pressure on him to do the quad in the short, as the first austrian skater ever. That's why he just did douple axel and triple toe/triple toe afterwards. he was allready exhausted after the quad (I guess)...