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Figure Skating Elements: Half Loop Combinations & Jump Sequences

A continuation of the basic jumps and triple-triple combinations posts. I highly recommend that you read those two before reading this one.

Quick review: In a jump combination, the landing edge of one jump is the takeoff edge of the next jump with no break in between. Since all jumps land on a back outside edge, under normal circumstances, the second or third jump in a combination is either a toeloop or a loop, since those are the only jumps that take off from a back outside edge.

Since the 2012-13 season, the ISU has allowed the half loop to be used in combinations. The half loop is a single-rotation, non-standard jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the back inside edge of the opposite foot. It effectively allows the skater to “change feet” during the combination. If the skater rotates counterclockwise (as most do), this means that the half loop takes off from the back outside edge of their right foot and lands on the back inside edge of their left foot. This allows the skater to do a salchow (the most common choice) or a flip (rare) as the next jump in the combination, since those jumps take off from the back inside edge of the left foot.

On protocols, the half loop appears as “1Lo” and has the same base value as a normal single loop. It only counts for points if done in a combination. A half loop combo is considered a 3-jump combination; if a skater does a half loop combo in the free skate, they cannot do another 3-jump combination, since only one is allowed in the free program.

When badly done (sadly all too often), the half loop can easily look like a step-out or a mistake on a jump landing. The examples I’ve used here all have a triple as the last jump in the combination, but skaters can do doubles as well. The first jump in the combination can be any of the six standard jumps (toeloop, salchow, loop, flip, lutz, axel).

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[Yuzuru Hanyu A - Z]D for David Wilson

David Wilson works as a figure skating choreographer at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club.

He has worked with Yuzuru since the 2012-13 season, choreographing his free programs Notre Dame de Paris and Romeo & Juliet II.

His technically challenging layouts have helped Yuzuru to build more stamina, who his now not as easily worn out during the second half of his FP as he was in his prior career. Instead they’ve turned gaining points in the latter half into one of Yuzuru’s skating’s strong points.


make me choose: butterfly or bird programs (@bubblesthebeaver)
akiko suzuki (O) | mao asada (swan lake) | tatsuki machida (the firebird)


In May 2013, according to the lawsuit, the woman said she traveled to Chicago with Rose and that they went to dinner with a friend “at his house after the game he played in ended.”

However, Rose missed the entire the 2012-13 season with an injury and did not play in May.


Just a little look back. The podium in Oslo in last three seasons.

From the top:

  • season 2012/13 (1st ex aequo G. Schlierenzauer & P. Żyła, 3rd R. Kranjec)
  • season 2013/14 (1st S. Freund, 2nd A. Bardal, 3rd K. Stoch)
  • season 2014/15 (1st S. Freund, 2nd N. Kasai, 3rd ex aequo P. Prevc & K. Stoch)

Seems that Holmenkollbakken used to be quite happy for Polish team ^^ And can you see who is wearing the yellow leader’s shirt in 2013/14? :”) Good, not that old days. Can’t wait until the weekend!


SNL FACTS (Melissa McCarthy Edition)

  • This is the 800th overall episode.
  • This will be Melissa’s 4th time hosting.  She last hosted during the 2013-14 season (Season 39).  The last time she hosted was also in the month of February.
  • This summer, Melissa will be in the new Ghostbusters movie which will also star current cast members Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong and former cast member Kristen Wiig.
  • Kanye West will be the musical guest, it will be his 6th time performing on the show.  He ties the record with Eminem for the most times a rapper has performed on the show.  Kanye last performed on the Season 38 (2012-13) season finale episode hosted by Ben Affleck.