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How To Land a Figure-Skating Jump

The waltz jump is among the first jumps beginning figure skaters learn. Land the jump correctly and you’ll quickly be on your way to learning other jumps.


  • Step 1: Extend your left leg straight back upon landing. Bend forward slightly to maintain your balance. Extend your left arm slightly forward and extend your right arm outward to the right.
  • FACT: The first written account of figure skating dates back to 1772.
  • Step 2: Land on the right, outside edge of your right skate and bend your knee to absorb the impact.
  • Step 3: Rotate a half-turn. Lead the rotation with your head and upper body for proper flow.
  • TIP: The waltz is a one-half rotation jump. For right-handed skaters, this jump uses a left-foot takeoff and a right-foot landing with a counter-clockwise rotation. Reverse the procedure if you’re left-handed
  • Step 4: Cross your feet while you’re in the air and propel your arms upward with your elbows bent. Bring your arms to your chest to minimize resistance as the rotation begins.
  • Step 5: Skate forward and forcefully plant your left toe pick. Bend your knees and open your right knee, extending your right leg up and out as the momentum propels you upwards.

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