Michael is a Three-time U.S. Men’s Champion, Two-time World Bronze Medalist,Two-time Olympian,World Junior Champion, and World University Champion. He was the first U.S. man to land a quadruple toe loop in competition. In 2002, he debuted a new skate blade, the “Freedom Blade,” which enabled him to perform tricky maneuvers that no one else could copy. He also originated a showy and gymnastic-like move called the “Tornado” that he performs in exhibitions to thunderous applause. It is a back flip with a full twist, and he is the only skater EVER to perform this dangerous stunt. Accolades fill his resume, including the Skating Magazine Readers Choice Award (2000) and the Professional Skaters’ Association Edi Award in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001 for “Best Performance by a Male Skater.” Off the ice, in 2001, International Figure Skating magazine named him one of the “Ten Most Beautiful People in Figure Skating.” He is member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa Collegiate Honor Society, and received his Associates Degree in Business at Prince Georges College. One of his most proud accomplishments came in 2002, when he was awarded the "Father of the Year" award from the National Fatherhood Initiative, for his commitment to family. After amassing 11 National medals, and over 30 international medals, Weiss hung up his competitive skates and set his sites on Professional skating in 2006. Within the last 2 years, Michael has been featured in 10 skating specials on NBC TV produced by Disson skating, including Andrea Bocelli Tribute on Ice, Gretchen Wilson's Country on Ice, Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular, Gymnastics and Skating Spectacular, Kristi Yamaguchi Family and Friends, just to name a few. He is currently touring with Emmy award winning - Smucker's Stars on Ice, performing in over 60 shows worldwide this year alone. He has also been steadfast in his commitment to recognize his good fortune and give back to the skating community. In 2004, he and wife Lisa Thornton Weiss created the Michael Weiss Foundation. Since its launch, the Foundation has given over $115,000 in scholarships to several young, promising U.S. Olympic hopefuls.
Ice Skating - How to Perform the Six Basic Jumps
Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss shares his techniques on how to perform the six basic figure skating jumps.
Hi! I am Michael Weiss three times US national champion, two times world medalist and two times US Olympian. Today I am going to talk to you a little bit about the six basic figure skating jumps. The six basic ice skating jumps, in order of difficulty are the Salchow, the Toe Loop, the Loop Jump, Flip Jump, the Lutz Jump and the hardest the Axel Jump. The only difference between these jumps is the takeoff, how the skater gets up into the air. There are two different kinds of figure skating jumps, there are edge jumps and there are toe jumps. The edge jumps you use one foot with no assistant on the other foot to spring up into the air for the jump. The toe jumps you use the toe pick to toe into the ice and vaults you up on the takeoff of the jump.
There are three edge jumps and there are three toe jumps, seems pretty easy. Now, here's where it gets a little bit complicated. The difference is that make these ice skating jumps separate are the entrances. You can enter the jump skating forward, skating backward, on the right foot, on the left foot, on the inside edge of the blade or on the outside edge of the blade. Now, although the takeoffs are all different for these jumps, the landings are always the same. I will always land on my right back outside edge. The only times this gets complicated is when there's a skater who rotates the other direction. I rotate to the left. I do all my jumps my spins to the left as most skaters do. Some skaters rotate to the right and they land on there left back outside edge. So, that be little bit complicated when you get all the takeoffs understood, you get the skater who jumps the other direction. There are probably only fifteen percent of the skaters out there, but they are out there. Now, when doing these jumps the number one and the most important thing is safety. You got to have a pair of skates that has good solid support in ankle, a blade that is sharp, a toe pick that is big enough to be able to withstand the pounding of the toe jumps and you need to have professional supervision. A professional coach and a professional facility to make sure you are doing these with safety. Its also doesn't hurt to wear a helmet when learning these new elements. Now, to get started with these six basic figure skating jumps, we are going to start with the Edge jumps, the easiest of edge jumps is the Salchow.