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Opinion: I Am Not Sure I Like Quadruple Figure Skating Jumps

Opinion: I Am Not Sure I Like Quadruple Figure Skating Jumps

The elite male figure skaters of today are totally amazing.  They jump to superhuman heights and they do quadruple jumps.  They don’t just do one quadruple jump, they do several.

In 2010, Evan Lysacek of the the USA won the Olympic figure skating title with no quadruple jumps.  He skated a beautiful program that only included triple jumps and placed ahead of 2006 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Evgeni Plushenko.  Plushenko made it clear that he believed he should have won since he landed a quad, but Lysacek’s skating was wonderful.

Yes, 2010 was not that long ago.  Then, one quad was considered unusual and amazing, but now, multiple quads are included in the programs of male elite male figure skaters.  The coming 2018 Olympics will be a quad landing competition!

There’s a problem with quadruple figure skating jumps since attempting quads means that today’s elite male figure skaters don’t always successfully land all the jumps in their programs. Not landing means falling, and this means that elite men’s figure skating performances may include not one, but many falls.     Not landing means sometimes  two footing or putting a hand down or barely holding on.  Not landing a quad means skaters get shaken up and the smiles on their faces disappear while they compete and perform.  Not landing a quad means the joy of skating may not be on a competitor’s face.  Not landing means the loss of a figure skating title or the loss of a medal or the loss of an Olympic spot for an entire nation.  In addition, even doing quadruple jumps in the first place means greater risk of injury.

At this recent 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Jason Brown attempted a quad at the beginning of his free skate program and fell.  Fortunately, he skated the rest of his program beautifully because the rest of his program only included triple jumps.  The rest of his program included joyful skating and smiles. That’s the kind of skating I miss.  That’s the kind of skating that once was.

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com


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  1. I so agree. The entertainment is gone. The fun and joy is gone. Skate, jump. That’s it. Bring back the 80s and 90s with limited quads. Bring back the passion and love of the sport. Show us some footwork and amazing choreography. And put it on TV so we can watch it. More Pro competitions.