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Learn To Figure Skate With Professional
Coach And Ice Skating Instructor Claire LaDue

St. Clair Shores Figure Skating Club of Michigan

The axel jump may be the hardest jump for many figure skaters.
Once ice skaters master an axel, the double jumps come quickly.


 Here's How:

  1. First do some back crossovers or do a forward inside mohawk.
  2. Next glide backward on an extended back outside edge.
  3. Step forward and bend the skating knee as if you are about to do a waltz jump and bend your arms and elbows back.
  4. Bend the skating knee and the free knee as you swing the leg forward.
  5. Bring your arms forward and jump off the ice at the same time you swing the free leg forward.
  6. Pull your arms tightly to your chest and cross the original skating leg over the free leg.
  7. Rotate one and one-half revolutions in the air.
  8. Land first on your blade's toe pick and then glide onto a back outside edge.
  9. Bring your arms out and extend your free leg back as you land the jump.
  10. Hold the landing for a distance equal to your height.


  1. Do several backspins before attempting to do the axel jump.
  2. Before attempting the axel jump, do the following "axel walk-through exercise": step up and then do a short backspin and then pull out as if you were landing a jump.
  3. Practice waltz jump-loop combination jumps.
  4. Practice axels in your shoes off the ice.
  5. Don't allow the arms to go higher than the chin or over your face.

What You Need:

  • All single jumps should be mastered before attempting an axel jump.
  • A good backspin is necessary in order to do the axel jump correctly.

    This content is used with permission and written by Jo Ann Schneider Farris,

For private lessons call me at (586) 260-5758.
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Claire LaDue


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