Anonymous

# In ice skating, what is the difference between an "axel" and a "lutz"?

I know both are a jump, but which is which, and how do I tell them apart??

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The difference between the two is pretty easy to spot once you know what you are looking for!

An axel rotates 1.5 - 3.5 times (single is 1.5, double is 2.5, triple is 3.5) in the air, starting from a forward outside edge for the takeoff, and landing on a backward outside edge. Axels are considered an edge jump, because the skater takes off by rolling up to the toe from an edge.

Here is a video that explains an axel:

A lutz rotates 1 - 3 times (single is 1, double is 2, triple is 3), and it starts on a backward outside edge before the toe of the opposite foot is put in the ice to assist the takeoff. Like the axel, it lands on a backward outside edge. A lutz is considered a toe jump because of the toe-assist on the takeoff (so, you skate an edge and then place the opposite toe in), unlike the axel.

Here is a video explaining the lutz jump:

Hope this helps!

Source(s): Skater for 14 years, coach for 10 years...see links above.
• Anonymous

Here is a really easy way to think about it. Axel is a forward entry jump {usually going across ice} and a Lutz is a backwards entry jump {usually going into the back corner of the rink}

In more detail [when I'm talking about the jumps I'm usually the perspective of a right footed skater]

Axel [classified as an edge jump]- Takes off on the left outside edge, jumping forward to complete {in a single axel} one and a half rotations to land on the right foot backwards

Lutz [classified as a toe jump]- Takes off backwards on a left outside edge, with the right foot picking behind to propel the skater into the air {in a single Lutz} to complete one rotation and landing on the right foot.

Hope this clarifies things.

Source(s): Competitive skater for 13 years/ Skating judge for two years and counting.

An axel takes off from a forward edge. The skater does 1-1/2 revolutions in the air then lands on a back outside edge.

http://www.sk8stuffmore.com/recog/axel_sarah.mpg

The Lutz takes off from a backward outside edge, using the toerake of the opposite foot to vault into the air backwards. The skater does 1 full revolution in the air then lands on a back outside edge.

http://www.sk8stuffmore.com/recog/lutz_dbl_js.mpg

The Flip takes off from a backward INside edge, using the toerake of the opposite foot to vault into the air backwards. The skater does 1 full revolution in the air then lands on a back outside edge.

http://www.sk8stuffmore.com/recog/flip_dbl_nikki.m...

It's the takeoff that makes each jump different and more difficult. The forward takeoff of the axel requires an extra 1/2 revolution to land backwards. The back takeoffs of the other jumps all use different edges and/or toe assists, some more difficult than others.

In the air, all jumps look the same: the skater holds a tight backspin position.

They all land on the same back outside edge.