Yuna, Granny (Sebestyen)
Honorable Mention: Agnes Z., Elene G.
What is the best lutz? it does not matter who likes whoes jump.
Great thread - wonderful clips. Midori wins in my book but they're all impressive.
Slutskaya is not bad either (sorry for video quality) --
and here she does it in combo w/3Lo but again quality sucks.
Another beautiful lutz from a long setup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLbk5...ext=1&index=44
And for a skater who was so inconsistent with that particular jump, Hubert's sure was nice when she hit it:
Short setup from steps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZRhzcpyQ98
Longer glide showing the edge exiting the one preceding difficult step, when the SP rules still allowed for that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oziVC4CPnio
Unless they thought showing that variety would be worth something in itself, especially when repeating the lutz in the LP. Was that Kwan's motivation? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHsorCH-690Most people would not deliberately waste time learning two different entries to the same jump if they didn't have to.
Although after CoP was implemented she was consistently using the other technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FmncaNGLOI&t=3m08s
This shorter set-up technique allows for steps before the jump, which most men and some women use to their advantage under CoP.
Last edited by Krislite; 11-01-2010 at 03:45 PM.
I agree. Apart from the short take-off being a way of disguising a flutz or a weak edge, as Doris Pulaski pointed out, the aesthetics of the long glide are far more preferable most of the time, because it allows the unique entry and exit curves of the lutz to really stand out. That reverse "S" curve is one of the prettiest things in skating to me, and it's sad that even technically correct lutzes these days mostly just look like they're jumped in a traditional circle. It takes one of the more visually unique jumps, in terms of creating an interesting pattern of movement on the ice, and turns it into just another boring ugly toe jump. Ho-hum. Most of the time, the "footwork" preceding it isn't interesting or complicated enough to be worth the loss.
Tatiana Malinina had the most beautiful Triple Lutz. Huge, great height and distance, and wonderful flow. Just look at all her comps in 99.
Sebestyen had a classic Triple Lutz as well, especially when she did real footwork sequence into it.
Anna Rechino had a nice Lutz to when landed.