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 - The Loop Jump
Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss demonstrates how to do the ice skating jump the loop jump.
Michael Weiss: I am Michael Weiss; three-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion and we're looking at the six basic figure skating jumps. We've already looked at the first of the edge jumps the Salchow. Now, we are going to look at the second of the ice skating edge jumps, the loop jump. What differentiates the loop jump from the salchow and all the others is the take off.
A salchow, remember was the left back inside edge take off. Now, we are going to be on a loop jump, the right back outside edge. So, I am not on the inside edge, I am on the outside edge of the right foot.
Now, when this take off is performed, the thing that makes that a little easier, is the fact that I am open to the rotation. On the salchow my body is slightly blocked to the rotation, on the loop slightly open to the rotation.
Now, remember some skaters rotate to the left, like myself, some skater rotate to the right, so it can be confusing. Where the loop jump takes off on the right foot, rotates once and lands on the right foot, a skater jumping the other way will take off on the left foot, rotate once and land backwards on the left foot, that's where it can be a little complicated.
Let's take a look at the single loop jump, the double loop jump and the triple loop jump. A common mistake on the loop jumps are the fact that as you take off, some skaters will pre-rotate with their shoulders, when you do that you don't have anywhere to create energy. On the loop jump, you are almost like a rubber band, if you pull a rubber band back this far, it's not going to go very far, if you pull it this far, it's going to shoot much further.
So, on the loop jump, you must create the energy in the opposite rotating direction and then spring it back the other way to create tension and torque as you jump up into the jump. So, do not pre-rotate with your shoulders, try and keep them solid, rotate in the opposite direction to create some momentum and get you maximum spring into the air of the triple loop, double loop and single loop. Now, we've taken a look at both edge jumps, we have one more edge jump to learn. Let's take a look now at the most difficult ice skting edge jump, the Axel.