I can't help but notice that certain skaters get criticized in this
newsgroup, because they don't attempt a lot of triple jumps in their
programs (professional ranks). People complain that so-and-so only does
one easy triple and a double axel or maybe the skater doesn't attempt
any triples at all.
If the triple Salchow and triple-toe (and double-axel?) are supposedly
easy jumps, then why do some of the best jumpers who have no problem
with a triple lutz mess up on an "easy" triple toe, Salchow, or double
axel? Examples: Kristi Yamaguchi has no problem with a lutz but stays
away from the triple Salchow (the jump she fell on at the Olympics).
who is capable of a triple lutz (at least during the Olympics) seemed to
have trouble with any triple all last season. On the otherhand, other
skaters can do -- they complete the jump more often than not -- a
Salchow, triple-toe, or other jump though they don't have a triple lutz
in their arsenal. Is there really such a thing as an "easy" triple
jump? Shouldn't consistency in landing an "easy" jump be just as
important as making failed attempts of a "harder" triple? If not,
then maybe Rosalynn Sumners, Jill Trenary, and Katarina Witt should put
triple lutzes in their programs just for the sake of getting higher
marks for the attempts.
I'd like to see comments about this from anyone who is in the judging