Hi All. I am fairly new here - so if this has been covered before - I am sorry. I have been a figure skating fan since 1992 and really enjoy the sport, however, I'm now just getting into the technical aspects of the elements. Before a jump was just a jump, but now I am starting to recognize the differences more, but still have trouble.
The only jump I recognize every time is the Axel - but I think that's the norm.
I also get the Lutz right (most of the time) although sometimes I confuse it with the flip and even the toe loop. I can decipher these jumps based on the entrances. Usually the Lutz is a long straight entry, the flip flips around before entry and take off, and the toe loop isn't like either of them. However, if the skater does something different before the Lutz, I sometimes think it's a flip.
The loop is my favorite jump, but lately (being that I pay more attention) I mix them up. I think I may have always thought a Salchow was loop and a loop was a Salchow.
It's weird, sometimes I'll watch a performace and be able to indentify all jumps (with the exception of the Salchow and a loop) - other times I think the flip is a Lutz and a toe loop is a flip and so forth.
What are some things I can look for to help me identify which jump was just completed?