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    The Lutz jump

    Alois Lutz (AUT) invented the Lutz jump and performed it for the first time in competition in 1913.

    Some other historical notes from wiki:

    Today the Lutz is often done in double or triple versions. Alena Vrzáňová of Czechoslovakia was the first woman credited with a double Lutz, performed at the 1949 World Championships. Donald Jackson of Canada was the first skater to execute a triple Lutz jump in competition, at the 1962 World Championships; Denise Biellmann of (SUI) is credited as the first woman to do so, at the 1978 European Championships. Terry Kubicka was the first American to land the triple lutz at the 1974 U.S. Championships. Brandon Mroz of the United States is credited with landing the first quadruple Lutz jump in a sanctioned competition at the 2011 Colorado Springs Invitational, a club competition sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating; Mroz's jump was subsequently ratified by the International Skating Union after video review. On November 12, Mroz landed it in the short program at 2011 NHK Trophy, becoming the first skater to land it in an international competition.

    Which skaters do you think has the best Lutz (past and present)?

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    Yuna Kim of course. Effortless, perfect, beautiful. I also think of Gracie Gold. When she hit that first jump in her FS at Worlds my jaw dropped....if only she had kept it together for the rest of the performance....

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    Yuna and Gracie? No way. Not even close. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva has the truest, biggest and cleanest Lutz among the ladies. I can't wait til she starts hitting it consistently again.

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    Carolina Kostner and Yuna Kim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustafakent View Post
    Carolina Kostner and Yuna Kim.
    ^ this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6d3XEp6mg0#t=144
    Carolina's 2013 worlds 3Lz was also pretty great.

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    kim and kostner, very defined outside edge

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    Quote Originally Posted by mustafakent View Post
    Carolina Kostner and Yuna Kim.
    Totally agree!

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    YuNa Kim!!!

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    All around, Yuna's lutz is what I believe the most consistent and there are never any UR or edge calls. I love Gracie's height and distance into hers though.

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    No men???

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    I always loved Midori Ito's triple lutz.

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    There's the obvious, Boitano:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giD21VcbK9E#t=39

    Also one of my favorite examples of a really good lutz was done by Michael Chack in his FS at the 1993 US Olympic Festival:

    3z-3t https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebYJwKs4kpk#t=79

    Scott Hamilton always had a very clear outside edge on his lutz and in his prime like at 1982 Nationals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwSnXGAL22g#t=15

    Others:

    Harding had fantastic height (especially for her time)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMu0zQtKHAU

    Wylie had such a deep entrance edge

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn357pjfdH8#t=215

    Petr Barna

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EASaspCBfqc#t=178

    Lutz was also one of Urmanov's best jumps

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdqRMYU8StY#t=114

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    Yuna Kim has the greatest lutz i have seen, fast, high, all you need in that jump, but gracie gold is not far behind her. Have you seen how high that girl gets, one day she will top the roof of the stadium

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    I think Ito and Harding had the best height and flow out, although Yuna's air position and consistency are better. My favorite lutz of lesser known skaters is Malanina's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by breynows View Post
    Yuna Kim has the greatest lutz i have seen, fast, high, all you need in that jump, but gracie gold is not far behind her. Have you seen how high that girl gets, one day she will top the roof of the stadium
    Before Frank tried to fix her's technique. Her jumps are getting smaller. Fortunate that her 3z-3T is still good.

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    I was in Oakland in 1991 and I couldn't believe how high, clean, and well checked, all of Tonya's jumps were. She was a tiny little thing which is not how she looked on TV. Truly shocking !

    I would also say that the " Truest " Lutz's were performed by Malanina and my skating fantasy wife....Maria Butyrskaya..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrice View Post
    I was in Oakland in 1991 and I couldn't believe how high, clean, and well checked, all of Tonya's jumps were. She was a tiny little thing which is not how she looked on TV. Truly shocking !
    I would also say that the " Truest " Lutz's were performed by Malanina and my
    skating fantasy wife....Maria Butyrskaya..
    What a pity Tonya wasted her talents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meoima View Post
    What a pity Tonya wasted her talents.
    I know..... I really appreciated her raw talent and I try to remember her wonderful skating before 1994. Very sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrice View Post
    I know..... I really appreciated her raw talent and I try to remember her wonderful skating before 1994. Very sad.
    I remember the first time I saw Harding on television. As I recall, she was an also-ran at nationals, but her program was shown because she was a promising newcomer. She was so fresh and exciting and natural then. It's so sad how things turned out.

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    No surprise but Yuna has the cleanest/clearest edge for the lutz jump.

    For men, it would be sort of the opposite, right? Considering that women tend to flutze while men tend to lip

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