I watched the CBC coverage of the NHK compeition. Paul Martini and Barb Underhill were the commentators and did an excellent job. One of the topics Paul mentioned was the difficulty some of the men have with the triple axle. Paul said the tripel axel is by far one of the most difficult jumps to nail because of the take off. It has to be right on.
I know Emanuel Sandhu struggled with this jump for a long time. He seems to be getting more consitent with it, but for a long time it seemed like his nemesis. Truly it posses a problem for some of the more artistic skaters when they can't nail this jump. It just eludes them.
Brian Orser does them so well he became known as "Mr. Triple Axel." I also love watching Brian do a delayed axel - he just seems to "hang" in the air. He has a cat like landing technique to all of his jumps. Here is a quote of how Brian earned the title "Mr. Triple Axel."
This jump really is a thing of beauty when exectued well. I love how more of the men are developing their artistry this season. There are some very artistic male skaters out there!!! Looking forward to seeing some great programs.Mr. Triple Axel: In February 1977, Brian became the novice skating Champions of Canada in Calgary. With that win the goals became bigger and Brian began working to perfect the triple axel. In 1979 at the Junior Canadian Championships, he became the first Junior to land the triple axel in competition. Not only was he the first Junior to land it, he was only the second person to land one in competition. Thus was born the nickname "Mr. Triple Axel" which Brian kept with him through the years and later added to it, by being the first man to land two triple axels in one program as well as the first to do it in combination.