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Rittberger and Lutz

Rittberger, aka “loop jump”, or Loop in English. It differs in that it is performed almost without the swing of the free leg. It bears the name of the German skater Werner Rittberger. This jump is often used as a second jump in a cascade. Rittberger has varieties – an oiler and a valley.

The run-up is the “Rietberg triple” on the right foot back-out-front-inward with the transition to the left foot back-in, a wide step with the right foot to the side, the left leg is crossed in front of the right.
Push – pushing back and forth from the arc, a sharp short swing with the right hand counterclockwise, the left hand is pulled to the chest, let’s say a small swing with the free (left) foot
Flying – grouping – hands are clenched in fists and pressed to the chest, the left leg is pulled to the right.
Landing – back and forth on the right leg, arms straightened to the side.

Common mistakes:
Runaway.
1. There is no fixation of the links of the body (arms, free leg), immediately before the collision with the jump.
2. Lack or excess of speed. In the first case, the error leads to low altitude and a small forward span, in the second to uncoordination of actions in other phases.
3. Excessive tilt of the hull forward from the vertical axis on the collision arc.
Push.
1. Insufficient curvature of the push arc towards rotation, for which there is no “V” sign – a check mark in the figure at the time of repulsion from the ice.
2. Early twisting of the upper body relative to the lower, ie the shoulders are turned forward, and the free leg continues to look forward at the repulsion arc.
3. Touching the free foot with ice before pushing it away.
4. Swing movement of the left foot in the direction of rotation with its removal in the direction of rotation.
Flight.
1. The lack of density groups. The farther the links of the body (arms, left leg) are from the vertical axis (body, right leg), the more difficult it is to twist the required number of revolutions.
2. Tilt the chassis forward before ungrouping.
Landing.
1. Landing on the whole horse. This leads to additional stress on the ankle, knee and hip joints and tipping over.
2. Excessive tilt of the body forward at the moment the ice touches the tooth, leading to a fall forward.
3. Untimely ungrouping (torsion) at the moment of touching the ice, the shoulders look forward or even to the left.

Leap Lutz

Lutz is considered the second most difficult jump, after the axel. Named after the Austrian skater Alois Lutz. One of the most spectacular jumps in figure skating. The approach to Lutz is carried out in a gentle arc. The fourth jump was first recorded in September 2011 by Brandon Mroz (USA).

Take-off – the arc back and forth on the left leg, the right leg and arm are retracted, the left arm is slightly extended forward. The housing is rotated to the right.
Push – an almost straight free leg stretches back behind the supporting leg, which is actively bent at the knee and ankle joints. While hitting the ice with the right foot, twisting the upper body counterclockwise begins. The left leg is the first to break away from the ice and is pulled to the right.
Flying – grouping – hands clenched in fists and pressed to the chest.
Landing – back and forth on the right leg, arms straightened to the side.

Common mistakes:
Runaway.
1. There is no fixation of the links of the body (arms, free leg), immediately before the collision with the jump.
2. Lack or excess of speed. In the first case, the error leads to low altitude and a small forward span, in the second to uncoordination of actions in other phases.
3. Excessive tilt of the hull forward from the vertical axis on the collision arc.
Push.
1. The arc of hitting back-in. The most common mistake!
2. A tooth kick of the pushing leg directly under the heel or on the side of the supporting leg (jump under oneself).
3. The rotation of the body and arms does not occur simultaneously at the time of repulsion from the ice.
4. Strong swing movement with the left foot in the direction of rotation with its removal in the direction of rotation.
Flight.
1. Early grouping (repulsion has not yet occurred, and hands are already gathered in a grouping).
2. Insufficient grouping density. The farther the links of the body (arms, left leg) are from the vertical axis (body, right leg), the more difficult it is to twist the required number of revolutions. It is characteristic for multi-turn jumps.
3. Tilt the chassis forward before ungrouping.
Landing.
1. Landing on the whole horse. This leads to additional stress on the ankle, knee and hip joints and tipping over.
2. Excessive tilt of the body forward at the moment the ice touches the tooth, leading to a fall forward.
3. Untimely ungrouping (torsion) at the moment of touching the ice, the shoulders look forward or even to the left.

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