"Real" lutz jumps (who's doing them?)

"Real" lutz jumps (who's doing them?)

Post by Mark Carlso » Sat, 02 Dec 1995 04:00:00


I was watching a recent skating performance and was really trying to pay
attention to how different the lutz jump is performed by different
skaters.  Personally, so far, I think Paul Wylie has the best that I've
seen in my opinion.  He actually holds a deep outside edge for a
significant amount of time (which creates that nice curve on the ice)
before vaulting.  I've seen so many variations.  I seem to recall that
Josee Chouinard and Kurt Browning both have a distinctive outside edge but
they tend to telegraph (like most skaters it seems) on the flat edge and
don't flip over to the outside edge until the very last second.  Scott
Hamilton has a nice lutz, much like Paul Wylie's as I recall.  This leads
me to my next point:  was is the definition of a perfect lutz jump?  I
don't think that Nicole Bobek has ever performed anything other than a
flutz jump, but have no doubt that if she put a great program together she
could win almost any competition without a great lutz jump.  It really
seems like the "look judges, I'm telegraphing halfway across the ice to
prepare for my lutz jump" is all it takes to get a jump counted as a lutz
jump.  I suppose jumps are classified by type (edge/toe), rotations, and
landing and there's a wide variation in between.  I mean, do you prefer
the "begin rotating right away" axel or the "get in the air and then
rotate" axel.  You see both all the time.  I would guess that about half
of the so-called lutz jumps would probably look like flips in slow motion.

Mark

 
 
 

"Real" lutz jumps (who's doing them?)

Post by Robert Dist » Sun, 03 Dec 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> What about Boitano going into his lutz from a spread eagle? He does it
> with his arm over his head which slows the rotation, too.

Funny thing was that when he tried to do a regular non-Tano lutz a few
years ago he looked terrible (for him, at least).  Apparently that was the
first time in years that he tried that.  Other than that one time, I can't
remember when was the last time he did a regular triple lutz -- not really
had any reason to.

 
 
 

"Real" lutz jumps (who's doing them?)

Post by SK89 » Sun, 03 Dec 1995 04:00:00

What about Boitano going into his lutz from a spread eagle? He does it
with his arm over his head which slows the rotation, too.

Loretta