Triple Axel risk or opportunity? -TRT Sports

Confident, strong and aesthetic

Kaori Sakamoto, who announced the series in the movie “Gladiator” “Finally Freedom”, started the series with a clean double axel. He performed a linked triple flip / triple toe loop jump in the second part of the program. However, he stood out at the height of Link’s second jump, once again showing that he was a strong skater. Sakamoto performed step sequences and turns with a high degree of difficulty, scoring a total of 80.32 points with 43.25 technical points and 37.07 component points, achieving the highest personal score of the season. A Japanese skater whose score was unbelievable approached the screen and saw the score many times to please the audience.

Hendrix 2nd, Bell 3rd

Starting with this year’s Grand Prix race and having a very successful season for the fourth time in the Olympics and European Championships, Loena Hendrickx has once again announced a successful series. The Belgian athlete, who won the track as the last skater in the short program, finished second in the short program of the world championships, as well as the short program of the European championships. Hendrix was able to maintain his glide despite a slight balance problem on his way out of the linked Triple Lutz / Triple Toe Loop on his first jump. Fighting an inguinal injury, the athlete managed to present his program cleanly and beautifully, finishing second with a total of 75.00 points, 40.52 techniques and 34.48 components.

Mariah Bell of the United States started the program with a triple flip / triple toe loop connection. His triple toe loop, which missed Bell’s second jump, a quarter turn, continued his program with a double Axel and a triple Lutz. He scored 38.67 technical points and 33.88 component points, and the skater finished third in the short program with a total of 72.55 points.

Wakaba Higuchi, the only skater to try the triple Axel

In today’s short program, it was estimated that four skaters could try the triple Axel. Among these skaters, Mana Kawabe from Japan, You Young from South Korea, and Alysa Liu from the United States did not try the triple Axel and started the program with the double Axel. These skaters practiced the triple Axel during a week of training but couldn’t find the stability they wanted. Therefore, they did not want to run the risk of competition and preferred to present a safe series. Japanese Higuchi Wakaba tried the triple Axel, but it was undecided when he went up to the triple Axel. As a result, both doubles jumped and lost points because they had to step at the end of the jump.

Why is the triple Axel so mentioned and what is its importance?

The triple Axel is relatively new and is not an essential jump for women’s ice skating. Most ice skating enthusiasts know that the Axel jump is the only forward jump. Therefore, it is described as the most difficult jump for a half turn. The base point value for the double Axel is 3.30. The base point value for the triple Axel is 8.00. It is this difference that guides female skaters to practice and display more and more triple Axels in competition. However, due to the difficulty of jumping and the high risk of falling, the score needs to be calculated carefully. In such a fall, you can lose up to -5 base scores. It is also important to remember the penalty points that will be deducted from the total score as a result of the fall. Therefore, if you try a triple Axel that cannot score consistently in competition, you may lose more points than you expected. All of these calculations affect whether a female skater with a triple Axel in her repertoire will try the triple Axel in competition.

During the free program, if a skater does not get the desired result from a jump, he / she can change the next jump according to the rules to make up for some of the points lost in the wrong jump. (Here, let’s emphasize that the number of jumps and the number of jump iterations made in the free program is certain, and the jump modifications cannot be done randomly.) Therefore, skaters who did not try the triple, they I didn’t want to jeopardize their rankings, so today’s short program Axel can try this jump in a free program. In fact, South Korean Hae-in Lee, who was seen throwing a triple Axel during weekday training, has been added to these names and can participate in the triple Axel caravan with a free program. Find out how these possibilities are realized with our free Friday night program.