These jumps are usually practiced in a certain order. The jumps listed in this article are listed in that order. The jumps that are considered most difficult jumps are listed last.
Skaters receive more credit for the more difficult jumps. All of these jumps can be done as doubles or triples (with the exception of the waltz jump.)
1. Waltz Jump
The salchow jump was invented by Ulrich Salchow in 1909.
The salchow is usually done from a forward outside three turn. After the three turn, the skater stops momentarily with the free foot extended behind, then swings the free leg forward and around with a wide scooping motion. Then, the skater jumps in the air and lands backwards on the foot and leg that did the scooping motion.
Sometimes, the salchow is entered from a forward inside mohawk instead of a three turn.
3. Toe Loop
This jump was invented during the 1920's by Bruce Mapes who was an American professional show skater. In fact, in artistic roller figure skating, the toe loop is called a Mapes Jump.
Most of the time, the toe loop is entered from a forward inside three turn.
This jump is easy for non-skaters to recognize since there is no toe assist. It is considered an "edge jump" since no toe assist is used on the take off. Loop jumps are often done as the second jump in figure skating jump combinations.
Most figure skaters enter the flip jump with an outside three turn and then "pick" with the free toe. The three turn done before the flip jump must be done in a straight line. The toe pick assist looks a bit like a pole vault. Some skaters enter the flip with alternative entries, such as a forward inside mohawk.
The lutz jump was invented by a Austrian man named Alois Lutz who first performed the jump in competition in 1913.
The lutz jump must be taken off from the back outside edge and is considered a counter-rotated jump. It is very difficult to stay on a back outside edge as the skater takes off; if the skater does allow the blade of the take off edge to roll over to an inside edge, the jump does not receive full credit and is consided a flip jump. This mistake on a lutz has been nicknamed a "flutz."
This jump was invented by a skater named Axel Paulsen who first performed this jump in 1882.
It takes time to master an axel jump. It may take years for some skaters to master an axel. Once a skater "gets an axel," double jumps usually come quite easily.