Figure Skating Competition Research

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During a figure skating competition, many required elements must be included in the program for each skater. Depending on what level of competition the skater is in, the techniques and difficulty increases. A triple axel is one of the most difficult figure skating jumps. The skater needs to jump from the outside edge of his or her blade, while moving in a forward rotation, rotating three and a half revolutions in the air, and then landing on the opposite foot which they took off from. A triple axel is a lot more complicated than performing a single or double axel because it requires an enormous amount of strength to get high up enough to have time to spin, as well as the ability to rotate quickly.

A skater must balance the average
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The approach/ preparation phase is right before they are about to take off. Before propulsion, the skater must prepare themselves, usually by gliding across the ice before they jump spin.

During this time, the skater will need to gain as much kinetic energy as possible. By producing a greater power, a higher velocity will be attained. With more kinetic energy, the skater will be able to accelerate better off the ice and be in the air for a longer amount of time. Regarding the direction of acceleration, the skater needs to control their center of mass by shifting their weight from side to side in a scissor-like motion. Therefore, the skater will be able to increase their velocity before they take off to be able to accelerate better off the ice, thus allowing more time in the air.

Slide 3
When the skater is in the propulsion phase, it is greatly influenced by Newton's third law of motion, which states "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." When a vertical force is applied to the ice, the equal and opposite force stops the foot from sinking into the ice. Therefore, the skater can push up and forward off the ice to start the flight phase. The vertical velocity will determine the amount of time in the air. As the skater applies downward forces to the ice, vertical velocity is
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From reducing the angular velocity, the skater won't continue to rotate once they have fallen back onto the ice. Instead, the skater will continue to glide across the ice. This happens when the skater moves the position of their arms from being tucked into spreading them out to be able to keep their movement of inertia, as well as, to balance themselves.

Slide 6
In summary, when landing a triple axel in figure skating, the skater should push off with their foot, creating a downward force, when driving down and off the ice, torque is being set up to give him or her an angular impulse to be able to spin in the air. They bring their arms and legs in closely when in the air, then spread them out, so they don't continue to turn and lose balance when they come back down to the ice. Finally, it is crucial for figure skaters to create an enormous amount of height to be able even to attempt the triple
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