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 Toe Loop
Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss demonstrates how to do the ice skating jump the toe loop.
Michael Weiss: Hi! I am Michael Weiss, three-time US National Figure Skating Champion and we are discussing the six basic figure skating jumps. We've already discussed the first category the Edge Jumps which use one foot with no assistance from the other ones to jump and spring yourself up into the air.
Now, we're going to focus on ice skating Toe Jumps where you use the toe pick, the toe into the ice and vault the skater up into the jump.
Now the easiest of the toe jumps is the Toe Loop. It takes off on a right back outside edge, toeing in with the left foot behind reaching and vaulting up into the air using this toe pick.
Now, when you do this jump it's the easiest because as you take off and rotate in this direction, your hips are open to the rotation in some of the other jumps that we will see later, your hips will be close to the rotation.
Being open to the rotation as about an extra half-turn at the beginning of the jump that will assist you in getting up into the one, two and three rotations of the double, triple and single toe loop.
Third difference is the fact that at the beginning you get a half-turn on the ice before the entrance. This half-turn is called a Three Turn; it creates momentum going in the direction of the rotation, that's the free turn toeing in and vaulting the skater up into the jump.
Now remember, I am a left rotating jump which is the majority of figure skaters. There are some skaters who rotate to the right, so small number of skaters but some of them rotate to the right. In that case, I will take off with my left foot toe picked into the ice, they will take off with their right foot toe picked into the ice and turning the other direction landing on the other foot.
So, that's where it gets a little bit complicated when you come across a skater who jumps the opposite direction, but the majority will take off left foot in the ice, right edge, right back outside edge on the take off.
So, lets take a look at the single, the double and the triple toe loop.
A common mistake on the toe loop is to spin the take off, what you want to do is focus on turning the three turn, and bending the skating leg, reaching the arms, toeing into the left foot and vaulting yourself up into the air.
Now, when doing this you don't want to spin the take off because you won't give yourself enough time to spring out of the ice. So, take your time, bend the skating leg, reach the arms, vault yourself up into the air, don't be in such a hurry to get the rotation done.
Now, when performing the triple toe loop and all of these ice skating jumps safety is the number one issue. Make sure you have a good solid pair of figure skates that have lots of support. Make sure you have professional supervision like a professional figure skating coach.
Now, we've discussed the Toe Loop which is the easiest of the ice skating toe jumps, now let's move on to the Flip Jump.