For loop the legs are usually crossed before take off
Salchow the skaters are kind of bow legged before take off
Axel is a forward take off
Toe loop you pick into the ice with your left foot, for Flip and Lutz, they pick with the right foot and then I look at the edge before take off, Flip is inside edge, Lutz is outside edge (If the Flip has a wrong edge it is a Lip, if the Lutz has a wrong edge it's a Flutz)
For combinations, the second jump is a toe loop if they pick the ice, if they don't then it's a loop
Here's an excellent gif guide I found on tumblr
And here's one for combinations
Both have good explanations so I suggest you take a look
I think I was confusing the picking foot with the other foot that comes forward during the setup..
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F68ZUxutKE8#t=5m50s (slow mo replay at 5:50 of Kwan's 3t-3t)
Notice how in the setup, she swings her right foot forward first for a 3turn..but as you guys said, the 3t actually picks off with the left foot..but because of the right foot swinging forward before that it confused me thinking it was the picking foot
How do some skaters both lip and flutz if they are obviously capable of taking off on either edge?
Some skaters rock on their edges on the lutz take-off, like some of the Russian girls who flutz. It's supposed to help get them on the outside edge just before take off although skaters who do it usually still end up flutzing. It does help to disguise it better. I assume that unstable wobbly edge technique carries over the the flip. Either that or it just reflects poor edge control in general.
Originally Posted by pointyourtoe