Anyone who loves the sport of figure skating will likely tell you they love the sport because of the seemingly impossible jumps and graceful moves of the skaters. The best skaters make it all look so effortless – it’s almost as if the ice surface is simply an extension of their own bodies. It’s one of the most graceful sports on the planet and the athletes that take part in this sport are something akin to magicians. At least it seems this way to us mere mortals that have two feet firmly planted on the ground pretty much all of the time. We thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the more difficult moves in the figure skating bag of tricks.
One of the most graceful moves in figure skating, at least in one person’s humble opinion, is the triple Lutz. The Lutz was first performed way back in 1913 by a skater named Alois Lutz. Ever since that first appearance of the move figure skaters have been trying to perfect it and take it to the next level. It involves a toe pick taking off from the back outside edge of one foot and landing on the back outside edge of the other foot. These days a triple Lutz is fairly common place with three spins in the air before the skater comes back down on their opposite foot. They may make it look effortless, but every skater that performs it has put in hours of practise.
Browning and the Quad
Compared to the quad a triple Lutz is child’s play. The quad was first performed by Canadian figure skater Kurt Browning in 1988 and it made him an instant success. Other skaters had tried it before and some had even managed it in practise, but none had ever pulled it off in completion before when the pressure was on. Today almost all male figure skaters have a quad in their routine and those that don’t rarely win competitions.
Is a Quintuple Even Possible?
After the quad became pretty much common place in the figure skating world some in the business started to consider the quintuple. That’s a jump with five rotations in the air before hitting the ice. There’s a lot of debate on whether this is even possible and at the moment it seems that the consensus opinion is that this probably isn’t humanly possible. Then again that’s what they said about the quad.