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 Flip Jump
Olympic figure skater Michael Weiss demonstrates how to do the ice skating jump the flip jump.
Michael Weiss: I am Michael Weiss three-time US National Figure Skating Champion, and we're discussing the six basic figure skating jumps.
We are now focusing on the toe jumps, we discussed earlier that the toe loop is the easiest of the ice skating toe jumps. Now, we're going to move on to one a little bit more difficult, the Flip Jump. Now, on a Flip Jump you are skating backwards on your left back inside edge, toeing in with your right foot and rotating to the left.
Now, what makes this jump more difficult is, look, you can see the position I am in is awkward to rotate that direction. My hips are blocking in a rotation.
On a toe loop as we discussed earlier my hips are open to the rotation giving me an extra half-turn on my way to the single, double or triple jump. So, the cousin of the Flip jump which is the Lutz jump a little later is a very minor difference. So, remember that they look very similar and are often confused.
Now, on the takeoff of the flip jump it also has a three turn which is a half rotation, this creates momentum to assist you to get up into the air, turn the three turn, toe in with the right foot vaulting yourself up rotating one, two or three times. Let's take a look at the single, double and triple flip.
A common mistake on the flip jump is that as the skater turns the three turn it blocks them from the rotation, so what they do is they keep their shoulder here and they keeps them from rotating over there. So, what the skater needs to do is reach this direction and open this shoulder up to the rotation that will help get pass this hip on the rotation. So, try not to get too blocked on the take off, try to get this left arm open and start the rotation in that direction.
Now remember, safety is very important when figure skating. So, always be in the supervision of a professional coach with a good solid skate that has good support, and if you need to, wear a helmet because these elements as you've seen are very difficult.
Now, we've learned the two first toe pick jumps; the toe loop and the flip jump, let's focus now on the third toe jump in iceskating, which is the most difficult the Lutz jump.