Simple Figure Skating Toe Jumps

There are some simple toe jumps that are fun and easy to do on figure skates. As a figure skater advances, these simple jumps are used to connect steps and elements in a skater's program.

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A Skater Does a Bunny Hop
A Skater Does a Bunny Hop. Photo Copyright © JO ANN Schneider Farris
The bunny hop is a fun and easy ice skating jump. It is one of the first jumps new figure skaters learn and master.

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Child Ice Show Star, Janet Champion, Did a Beautiful Mazurka Jump
Child Ice Show Star, Janet Champion, Did a Beautiful Mazurka Jump. Janet Champion Personal Photo Collection
In the mazurka jump, there is a cross-legged pose in the air. Figure skating legend, Sonja Henie, did huge mazurka jumps. Today's skaters rarely do the large mazurkas that were once a standard for most figure skaters.

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Child Ice Show Star, Janet Champion, Did a Beautiful Split Jump
Child Ice Show Star, Janet Champion, Did a Beautiful Split Jump. Janet Champion Personal Photo Collection
A split jump is a figure sakting jump where the familiar split position that can be done on the floor is done in the air.

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Stag Jump
Stag Jump. Photo by John Terence Turner - Getty Images
A stag jump is a simple half revolution figure skating jump that similar to a split jump, but the forward leg is bent at the knee.

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Olympic Figure Skating Legend Sonja Henie Does a Ballet Jump
Olympic Figure Skating Legend Sonja Henie Does a Ballet Jump. IOC Olympic Museum /Allsport - Getty Images
The ballet jump looks a bit like a ballet dancer dancing on pointe.

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A Figure Skater Exits on a Forward Edge After She Completes a Tap Toe Jump
A Figure Skater Exits on a Forward Edge After She Completes a Tap Toe Jump. Photo Copyright © JO ANN Schneider Farris

A tap toe jump is a simple figure skating jump that does not rotate, and resembles a skater skipping sideways. The jump is similar to a mazurka jump, but there is no scissor action and the legs don't cross in the air.

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In a half flip jump, from a backward inside edge, the skater "picks" with the other toe, jumps and turns a half revolution in the air, lands on other toe, and exits on a forward inside edge.

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In a falling leaf jump, the skater glides backward on a back outside edge at first. As the skater begins the jump, he or she will turn and leap up off the backward skating foot. There will be a half-turn rotation in the air. If the skater wishes, he or she can split a bit in the air by scissor splitting both legs during the jump.